The DTI has, this afternoon, announced an increase in minimum holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulation 1998 from 20 days to 28 days per annum.
Some employers currently include the eight bank holidays as part of workers' 20-day annual leave entitlement. This change effectively requires them to add the eight bank holidays to the 20-day annual leave entitlement. The DTI estimates that 6 million workers will benefit from this change.
Statutory annual leave entitlement will be increased in two stages, rising from 20 to 24 days on 1st October 2007, and from 24 to 28 days on 1st October 2008. There is to be a second round of public consultation, closing on 13 April 2007, on the implementation of these changes.
See DTI Press Release
Thanks to Eugenie Verney for sending me this information]