Are Employees Automatically Entitled to Bank and Public Holidays?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 September 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Bank Holidays, Leave

In Northern Ireland, there are ten bank and public holidays and employees are not automatically entitled bank and public holidays. There is no statutory right for employees to have these days off. In fact, employers may choose to allow employees to take paid leave on bank and public holidays. Employees are entitled to a minimum 28 days paid annual leave entitled per the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 and this may or may not include bank and public holidays. Any right for an employee to bank and public holidays off should be contained in the terms of their contract of employment.

The employee’s contract of employment should cover if public and bank holidays can be taken as

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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