Paying staff for bank holidays

I am opening a new business, with regards to bank holidays, do I have to pay my staff holiday pay for them?

No. Employees do not have a statutory right to paid leave on bank and public holidays. If paid leave is given on a bank or public holiday, this can count towards the minimum holiday entitlement.

Employees are currently entitled to a minimum of 4.8 weeks’ holiday (equivalent to 24 days’ paid holiday for anyone who works a five-day week).

Those working part-time are entitled to the same level of holiday on a pro rata basis. The entitlement will increase to 5.6 weeks from 1 April 2009 (equivalent to 28 days for anyone who works a five-day week). However exact entitlement is determined by the individuals holiday year.

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Peter Done

Peter is the founder and group managing director of Peninsula Business Services, established in 1983.

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