Why employers may need to plan well ahead for Easter 2016

HR Dept’s Anna Pepler delivers some timely advice for employers.

If your organisation’s annual leave runs from 1st April to 31st March employees will need to retain 2 of their normal annual leave days to cover the Easter Bank Holiday in 2016.

During the current leave year (1st April 2015 – 31st March 2016) Easter holidays fall twice resulting in 10 Bank Holidays in total.

  • In 2015 Easter Bank holidays fell on Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April
  • In 2016 Easter Bank Holidays will fall on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March

A contract of employment should state the employee’s holiday entitlement including the 8 Statutory and Bank Holidays. With 10 of these days in this holiday year, if you intend to be closed for both Good Friday and Easter Monday next year, employees will need to take 2 of their normal annual leave days to cover these extra days, and of course they need to be notified of this as soon as possible.

This will also affect the next leave year (1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017) as there are no Easter Bank Holidays only 6 Bank holidays within that leave year (in 2017 Good Friday will fall on the 14th April and Easter Monday 17th April). If you offer statutory holiday (28 days) you might assume that this will result in 26 days for employee’s full leave year entitlement, however as the law states that employers are not able to award less than 28 days in total, you should be awarding 28 days leave and giving two extra days to employees to ensure you reach the minimum entitlement.


Anna and the team at HR Dept in Bristol can be contacted for advice on how this may affect your business and what you can do to meet statutory and other requirements. For businesses further afield click here to find your local HR Dept.

uAttend and the Chronologic Workforce Management System customers can contact our support desk  for advice on setting up bank and other holidays on their systems.

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