The Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) has issued a consultation paper designed to survey public opinion on Government proposals to increase the statutory minimum holiday entitlement from 20 days to 28 days (for those working a five day week).
These proposals result from the Government's commitment to take account of the permanent public holidays in the UK (of which there are at present eight) when setting the statutory minimum levels of holiday entitlement. It is worth noting, however, that the Government is not proposing to create a statutory right to take the extra 8 days' paid leave on the public holidays.
At present some employees have the 8 public holidays included within their annual holiday entitlement, meaning for those who receive only the statutory minimum holiday entitlement, the amount of leave they can take at a time of their own election is effectively reduced from 20 days to just 12 days.  The proposals are aimed at avoiding this type of situation.
The consultation will end on the 22 September of this year and can be accessed via the DTI website.

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