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Extra holidays in 2018 – 2019 Holiday Year - Planning ahead!!

Posted On: 28/11/2017

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

2018

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

2019

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! 

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