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Key holiday rights
Minimum leave entitlement
Under the Working Time Regulations all workers have a right to at least 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave (28 days per year for staff working 5 days per week). An employer can decide to offer more than this allowance.
Bank/ public holidays
When holiday can be taken
The employer can control when holiday can be taken by approving or declining applications or by setting particular rules e.g. as to how many people may be off at any one particular time, Christmas shut down, or not permitting holidays at peak demand times
An employer can also tell the employee when they want leave to be taken. In this instance
The employer must give advance notice at least twice as long as the leave they want their staff to take.
Booking time off
There may be particular rules in place for giving advance notice of leave, but the general notice period is at least twice as long as the amount of leave an employee wants to take, plus 1 day e.g. giving 3 days’ notice for 1 day’s leave.