Am I entitled to bank holidays and public holidays in addition to the minimum holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulations?

How bank holidays are treated where you work depends on your contract of employment.

Employers can choose whether to include bank holidays and public holidays in the minimum entitlement, currently 5.6 weeks (28 days for a full-time worker).

Many employers add bank holidays to the minimum. You should consult your contract of employment to establish the exact position.

There is no automatic right to take bank holidays off work, unless it is stated in your contract of employment.

If there is a union recognised where you work, it is likely that a collective agreement has been reached on the treatment of bank holidays. Many unionised workplaces have negotiated enhanced pay rates for bank holiday working.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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