Extra Holidays for 2018/19 Holiday Year

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Beware! Because of the way bank holidays in England and Wales fall in 2018 and 2019, if your company holiday year runs from 1st April to 31st March and your contracts of employment offer 20 days plus 8 bank holidays – or something similar to that – then your employees will not benefit from a Good Friday bank holiday during the 2018/19 leave year.

There will only be seven bank holidays between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019 –

Easter Monday 2nd April
Early May Bank Holiday 7th May
Spring Bank Holiday 28th May
August Bank Holiday 27th August
Christmas Day 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December
New Year’s Day 1st January

If you were to give employees who work a five-day week less than 28 days’ annual leave, you would be in breach of contract and in breach of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

If this situation applies to your business, you will have to give an additional day’s holiday during this coming leave year from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 to make up for the fact that Good Friday has fallen into the 2017/18 holiday year to ensure that your employees receive the minimum statutory holiday entitlement of 28 days.

This isn’t something that happens very often – the next time will be in 2024 when Good Friday falls on 31st March.

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