Employees may be eligible to take an extra day’s holiday this year – due to Easter falling early.
Good Friday takes place on 30 March, with Easter Monday being on 2 April. As a result, some working people may be able to take an extra day off.
Laura Kearsley, partner and solicitor in the employment law team at East Midlands-based Nelsons Solicitors, explains more.
How do I know if I’m affected?
“All employees whose holiday entitlement includes bank holidays with a holiday year running from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 will be affected. This is because they will be a bank holiday short from 2018/19 because the Good Friday bank holiday fell in the previous holiday year (2017/18).”
What does my employer need to do?
“To avoid breaching your annual leave rights, your employer will need to top up staff member’s holiday entitlements for 2018/2019 if you are entitled to 20 days holiday plus bank holidays.
“Under working time rules, employees are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ annual leave. This equates to 28 days’ leave per year for employees working a five-day week. The 28 days can include bank holidays, of which there are usually eight per year and it is common for employment contracts to refer to employees being entitled to 20 days plus bank holidays.
“This 28-day entitlement is a statutory minimum and your employer cannot negotiate out of it, other than by an agreement with the workforce to carry forward up to eight days’ holiday into the following leave year.”
How can my employer negotiate out of it?
“Your employer could seek a variation to the terms of contracts of employment. Annual leave contract clauses could be amended to state that employees are entitled to 28 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.”
Will this situation occur again?
“Yes, in 2024. The Easter weekend will once again fall between March and April. Good Friday will be on 31 March and Easter Monday on 1 April.”
When do the bank holidays fall between April 2018 and March 2019?
Monday, 2 April
Monday, 7 May
Monday, 28 May
Monday, 27 August
Tuesday, 25 December
Wednesday, 26 December
Tuesday, 1 January
Note: These are the England and Wales bank holidays.