One extra day's holiday

One extra day’s holiday for your staff in 2018? Here’s why…

Company holiday calendar

The way the Bank holidays fall this year could mean that your staff may need to be provided with an additional day to their entitlement. This will all depend on 2 things: 1) When your holiday year runs from and 2) Your employment contracts. If your year runs from 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019 then this may impact you and your staff.

Entitlement

Almost all workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday each year, pro rata for part-time employees. Most full-time workers, working 5 days a week, have an entitlement of 28 days per year. This usually includes bank holidays, of which there are usually 8 per year, which leaves 20 days free for booking.

Why is 2018 different?

2018, however, is slightly different, and it’s all due to Easter falling early. Good Friday falls on 30th March 2018, which is included in the previous year’s entitlement.

So, staff who have a contract detailing a holiday entitlement of 20 days plus Bank holidays will only be contractually entitled to 27 days holiday for the 2018-2019 year, one day short of the legal minimum.

What to do

If you don’t address this then you will be in breach of the working time rights of your employee. You will need to top up their holiday, and give them an extra day’s holiday for this holiday year.

What about 2017-2018?

Depending upon your Company’s holiday year, this early Good Friday Bank holiday could mean that staff receive an extra day’s holiday in the 2017-2018 year, but this again will depend on their contract.

If a contract states 20 days’ plus bank holidays but doesn’t total or lists the specific days, the member of staff will be entitled to 29 days holiday in 2017-2018

Exceptions

If you give employees additional holidays as standard, you will not need to increase this unless the contracts depict.

If there is an annual cap on leave then the entitlement won’t be affected.

It’s all down to the wording in your employment contracts, so check yours out now!!

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