Call us on
0161 941 2426
The way the England and Wales bank holidays fall in 2018 and 2019 means that if your business operates a holiday year of 1 April to 31 March and your employment contracts state that holiday entitlement is '20 days plus 8 bank holidays' (or similar wording) your staff will not benefit from a Good Friday bank holiday in the 2018/19 leave year. This would be in breach of their contract of employment.
Giving employees who work a five-day week fewer than 28 days' annual leave is a breach of the Working Time Regulations 1998, regardless of the number of bank holidays in a particular holiday year.
Failure to honour a contractual clause providing for "20 days' holiday plus bank holidays" would also result in an employer being in breach of contract.
See below which shows only seven bank holidays within 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019
New Year’s Day - 1 January
Good Friday – 30 March
Easter Monday – 2 April
Early May Bank Holiday (May Day) - 7 May
Spring Bank Holiday – 28 May
August Bank Holiday – 27 August
Christmas Day – 25 December
Boxing Day – 26 December
New Year’s Day - 1 January
Good Friday – 19 April
What should you do?
If this affects your business, you will need to provide one day's extra holiday for the annual leave year of 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 to make up for the missing bank holiday, and ensure that employees retain their 28-day statutory entitlement.
Will this happen again?
Yes in 2024 - Good Friday is on 31 March and Easter Monday is on 1 April.
Did you know?!
The August Bank Holiday was instituted by the Bank Holidays Act of 1871 to give bankers a day off so they could participate in cricket matches. Since then, however, its significance has greatly expanded beyond those narrow limits!
“"We have worked with P3 for over 3 years and have found the service we have been given to be invaluable. As a growing organisation, the HR element was taking up more and more of the Board's time. HR are always present at our Board meetings and the time we have saved ourselves allowing this key business function to run smoothly, efficiently and as it should do has paid huge dividends for our growth and our staff retention. Our people and culture have not looked back since we made this decision. "”
It’s hard to believe, with all the terrible weather we’ve been experiencing, but Spring is on its way. The urge and desire to dig out the feather duster and cleaning products to;
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25th May 2018. This new regulation intends to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU. All organisations who hold;
Get the latest updates from P3 and great advice on how your HR can be improved.