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Easter Bank Holidays 2016

Due to the way that the Easter Bank Holidays fall in 2016, you may need to give some additional annual leave to your employees.

Your full-time employees are entitled to a minimum of 28 days holiday per year, including Bank Holidays.  If you run your holiday calendar from 1 April and 31 March each year, this can pose a potential problem due to the fact that the Easter Bank Holidays shift dates each year.

For example:
Easter Bank Holiday dates 2015: Friday 3 April and Monday 6 April
Easter Bank Holiday dates 2016: Friday 25 March and Monday 28 March

As you can see from the dates above, holiday year 2015/16 incurs two sets of Easter Bank Holidays.  This means that your employees are entitled to two additional day’s annual leave to account for these two extra days Bank Holiday. 

Further to this, and even though there will be no Easter Bank Holiday falling within the 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 holiday year, employees will still be entitled to their full allowance of 28 days.

Any employer who imposes a change to holiday entitlement without prior agreement will be in breach of contract so it is important that you are aware of these dates.

If you want to discuss this further, please give our Employer Services team a call on 01228 711888.

Posted: January 15th, 2016

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