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I recently started working for a local company and was told that I am only entitled to four weeks’ holiday in the first year plus bank holidays. When I pointed out that the statutory entitlement is now 5.6 weeks, they said it was four weeks in the first year and 5.6 weeks after that. Is that legal?

This may be a simple confusion over bank holidays. The statutory 5.6 weeks can include the eight bank holidays if you don’t work them but are paid for them. So it would seem that your employer is giving you the statutory minimum in the first year and an extra eight days thereafter. If you are not being paid for 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year you should raise a grievance internally with your employer. Check your employment contract.

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