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My granddaughter is having problems with her employer. What is the current minimum wage? What is the minimum holiday allowed by law? And if her day off falls on a bank holiday, is she entitled to a day off in lieu?

The main rate for the minimum wage is currently £7.83 an hour. The rate for workers aged 21-24 is £7.38, 18-20 is £5.90 and for under 18 is £4.20. Your granddaughter should ring ACAS 0300 123 1100 if she’s being underpaid. All workers are entitled to a statutory minimum of 5.6 weeks’ annual holiday, so someone working a five-day week should get 28 days’ paid leave. However this leave can include bank holidays. Whether she’s entitled to bank holidays, and therefore whether she’s entitled to an extra day off, will depend on her contract.

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