Do apprentices accrue annual leave and are apprentices entitled to receive payment for public holidays while on block release?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 February 2015
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox
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Apprentices are entitled to the same rights as workers under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998, and so will accrue annual leave in the same way as other workers. The Regulations provide for a minimum of 5.6 weeks annual leave entitlement but do not provide for statutory right to time off on public holidays. Many employers count the usual 10 public holidays in Northern Ireland as part of the 5.6 weeks’ entitlement. As such, whether an apprentice is to be paid on public holidays should generally be governed by his/her apprenticeship agreement or contract of apprenticeship. Back to Q&A's This article is correct at 02/09/2015
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