If you haven’t been in a supermarket since Christmas and not seen the inordinate amount of chocolate on the shelves, you might not know that Easter is incredibly early this year, with Bank Holidays falling on 25th and 28th March. Last year the Easter Bank Holidays fell on 3rd and 6th April. Next year Easter Bank Holidays will be slightly later on 14th and 17th April.

How does this affect employers you ask?  Well, many employers’ holiday year runs from 1st April until the 31st March and many companies often word their annual leave entitlement along the lines of 20 days plus bank holidays. This means for the leave year of 2015-2016 employees will get 20 days plus 10 bank holidays and then only 20 plus 6 bank holidays for the 2016-2017 year.

For many this will result in employees receiving less than their statutory entitled 5.6 weeks (28 days) holiday in the 2016-2017 leave year and will also mean employers will be paying for an additional two days of leave in 2015-2016.

To resolve the problem employers will have to top up next year’s entitlement to supplement the shortfall in bank holidays. Any employer looking to cap the bank holiday entitlement for 2015-2016 to eight days would need to agree the change with employees or be liable for breach of contract. For further advice on the issue please contact us.