Is the statutory minimum 28 days' annual leave inclusive of public/bank holidays?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 July 2014
Arthur Cox
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Under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998 all employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks annual leave (equivalent to 28 days for those who work five days a week) in each leave year.

The 28 days' annual leave includes any entitlement in Northern Ireland to up to 10 bank/public holidays.

Many employers do, however, give paid holidays on the bank/public holidays in addition to the statutory holiday leave (i.e. 28 days' leave plus up to 10 bank/public holidays).

There is no statutory right to time off (paid or otherwise) on any bank/public holiday. Therefore, whether a worker is required to work on a bank/public holiday is a matter to be dealt with under the employment contract or, in

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