By Monday week you will need to allow your staff an extra four days off a year if full time and a pro-rata amount if they're part time. A year from now and you will have to give them the same again, another four days.
Leslie Holt, who runs a Premier store at Kirton in Lindsey, which lies between Lincoln and sunny Scunny, as a droll friend of mine insists on labelling Scunthorpe, called to say: "I have two questions. Number one, are employees entitled to four days if they don't normally work bank holidays? And number two, if an employee normally works on bank holidays and wants to work bank holidays for double pay, can we do that?"
I think there's a lot of confusion over these new holiday entitlements and I think it has to do with the early wording of the edicts from the DTI and its reference to eight extra days = same number of bank holidays that many workers weren't getting.
What you need to do to get your brain around this new entitlement is remove all reference to 'bank' holidays. They are just extra holidays and they just happen to be the same number of bank holidays we get in this country (not nearly enough in my view but then, I am just a 'worker' with no employees of my own and I like holidays).
So the answer to question one is yes, and if you want to pay double, you can.
Don't forget there is also a 'buyout' bit to these new rules: employees can take money instead of holidays until 2009. After that, they have to take the holidays.
Leslie, bless him, has worked in shops since the age of 12. He is now 76 (so different rules in those days), having first risen to top management with the Co-op and then taking on his own business when he was 41. His son runs the store now, but Leslie has again taken on the admin as the store's manageress is off work at the moment.