Days in lieu (alternative holidays)
If you work on a public holiday and it's a day you usually work, you'll get a paid day off you can take later. This is usually called a day in lieu or an alternative holiday.
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 (for example, you had to stay at home or check your email regularly).
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.
Agree your day off with your employer
You can choose when you want to take your day off but your employer has to agree. If you can't agree on a day, your employer can choose one for you, but they have to tell you at least 14 days before the day. They can't take your day in lieu away.
If you don't want to take your day in lieu
As long as your employer agrees, you can swap your day in lieu for an extra day's pay if you haven't taken it within 12 months.
If your employer doesn't agree they can choose which day you take off, but they have to tell you at least 14 days before the day.