I don't work Mondays. Will I miss out on bank holidays?

You should not miss out on bank holidays.

Under the Working Time Regulations, you are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year based on your normal working week, irrespective of your normal working days. 

Even if your employer provides 5.6 weeks’ holiday plus bank holidays (in other words, going beyond the statutory minimum), it is against the law to treat part-time workers less favourably than their full-time co-workers unless this can be objectively justified.

Because of this, many employers give part-time employees a pro-rated bank holiday entitlement, irrespective of the days they work.

As this issue affects all part-time workers where you work, this is an obvious case on which to take a collective approach, to try to persuade your employer to change their mind. Why not encourage your colleagues to join a trade union to help you get organised?

If you are not yet a member of a trade union, browse our Union Finder tool to find the union most suited to your needs.

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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