Are Employees Automatically Entitled to Public /Bank Holidays?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 9 April 2024
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Holidays

In accordance with the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, full-time employees in Northern Ireland are entitled to a minimum of 28 days of paid leave every year which may or may not include public / bank holidays. Any right for an employee to take paid leave on bank or public holidays should be detailed in the employee's terms of employment. The employee’s contract of employment should deal with whether public and bank holidays can be taken as paid leave or whether employees have the choice to work these dates at the normal pay rate. Some employers may choose to pay their employees overtime rates for working on bank or public holidays. However, there is no automatic statutory

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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