The Government has published the Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007, which will increase the minimum annual holiday entitlement from 20 days a year to 28 days. This will be accomplished in two stages, being increased to 24 days from October 2007 and to 28 days from April 2009, not October 2008 as was originally planned.
As a transitional measure, payment in lieu of the additional holiday entitlement (the additional 8 days) will be allowed to continue until 1 April 2009. This is a temporary measure intended to help employers to implement the new arrangements.
In order to provide an incentive for early compliance with the Regulations, employers that already meet the full requirements of the Regulations as at 1 October 2007 (giving the equivalent of 28 days’ holiday, without payment in lieu and where any carryover of leave is only to the following year) will be regarded as being outside of the Regulations, as long as they continue to meet those requirements.
It is estimated that the measure will benefit up 3.5 million women and 2.5 million men. Part-time workers will be entitled to the extra holidays pro-rata.