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In the UK, bank holidays or public holidays are days that the majority of people have off work and that is generally observed as a holiday. There is no statutory entitlement to leave or paid leave on public holidays. This means that employees’ entitlement to paid time off for bank holidays depends on the wording of contracts of employment.
Some employers will require employees to take bank holidays as part of their annual leave, while others will give employees time off on bank holidays in addition to their annual leave entitlement. Difficult areas for employers include how to treat extra bank holidays (for example, for some royal events) and bank holidays for part-time workers.
1 Apr 2021
Updated guidance in light of how employers should handle bank holidays for furloughed staff, and an additional public holiday in 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
24 Sep 2020
After the government’s announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months –...
3 Jun 2020
As lockdown restrictions gradually begin to ease, employers have been preparing for employees to return to work.
The government has...
20 May 2020
The government is considering a one-off, additional public holiday to help compensate the tourism industry’s lost revenue for the bank...
14 May 2020
CJRS does not alter the position as to whether or not agency workers are entitled to accrue holiday.
4 May 2020
The government has provided some clarification on the relationship between furlough and annual leave.
The Easter bank holidays falling shortly...
1 May 2020
With no real clarity as to when businesses can fully open again or how long lockdown measures will last, it...
7 Feb 2020
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3 Jan 2020
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24 Dec 2019
Many employees will recognise the scenario: it’s Christmas Eve; they are sitting at work periodically reaching out for another chocolate, wondering when they'll get the all-clear to clear off.
4 Nov 2019
Retail staff at Asda who have yet to sign a new contract have been given an additional seven days to...
1 Nov 2019
Up to 12,000 Asda staff are yet to sign a new contract that will require them to work flexible hours...
30 Oct 2019
As Halloween approaches, it’s time for HR professionals to reflect on the often nightmarish legal situations they face. Clare Gilroy-Scott,...
17 Oct 2019
Thousands of employees at Asda face dismissal next month if they refuse to sign a contract that will require them...