Do I need to give my employees additional bank holidays off work?

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Employees are not entitled to get bank holidays off work. They are however entitled, under statute, to 28 days paid holiday a year. How these 28 days are taken is dependent on what the employee and employer agree. For example, when signing an employment contract, the employer might state that bank holidays are included within this period or that the employee is entitled to X amount of days, plus bank holidays. If the number of bank holidays are not specified in an employment contract, it is implied that it includes all bank holidays. Therefore, if there is an extra bank holiday one calendar year the employee (if permitted by their contract) is entitled to take this day off.

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