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The landlord of the pub where I work recently bought the franchise for the kitchen from the brewery. We all received a letter saying our jobs were safe and nothing would change. But recently he decided we wouldn’t be opening at all on bank holidays. It means we don’t lose just one day’s pay, but two, since we used to get double time. Is he allowed to do this?

He doesn’t have to open on bank holidays, but he is not allowed to cut your wages. Since there are eight bank holidays a year it will amount to the equivalent of 16 days’ pay annually, so it could be worth taking your case to an employment tribunal, although it could also depend on the precise wording of your employment contract. It’s possible that you will have employment protection under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations.

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