Alternative holidays (days in lieu)
If you work on a public holiday and it's a day you usually work, you'll get an alternative holiday — a paid day off you can take later. This is sometimes also called a day in lieu.
You get a full day off
You get a full day off, no matter how many hours you worked. This includes if you:
- only worked part of a shift
- were on call and were either:
- called in, or
- being on call meant you didn't get a proper day off (eg you had to remain at home or check your email periodically).
When you don't get a day in lieu
You don't get a day in lieu if:
- you wouldn't usually have worked that day
- you only work on public holidays
- you were on call but didn't have to do anything, and being on call didn't stop you doing what you wanted to do with your day.
Taking your day off
You can take your bonus day of leave whenever you want — as long as your employer agrees.
If you can't agree on a day, your employer can choose one for you, but they have to give you 14 days' notice.
Swapping days in lieu for cash
If you've earned a day in lieu and haven't taken it within 12 months, you can agree with your employer to exchange the time off for an extra day's pay.