Every worker and employee has the right to paid holidays.
The Working Time Regulations 1998 gave a right to 4 weeks' holiday, paid at a normal week's wage. As of 1 October 2007 this increased to a minimum of 24 days paid holiday, and as of April 2009 the entitlement increased to 28 days.
At present, there are no separate provisions for public holidays and it is lawful for the employer to count public holidays as part of the employees holiday entitlement and,if an employer does include public holidays in the employees leave entitlement, the public holiday must also be paid at normal pay.
Employees are entitled to take holidays by giving double the notice to their employer. For example, a week's holiday requires at least 2 weeks' notice.