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Does the paid holiday we’re now entitled to include bank holidays? I’m paid the same salary each month, so it’s not clear whether I have been paid for them or whether they count as annual leave. I don’t have a written contract; when am I legally entitled to one?

Assuming you don’t actually work on bank holidays your employer will probably say that your monthly salary includes payment for them, in which case they will be counted as part of your annual leave. There’s no statutory right to be paid for bank and public holidays in addition to your 5.6 weeks’ entitlement. If your employer wants to retain your services you could negotiate to have more holidays included in your contract. You should have received a written statement of terms within two months of starting work.

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