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Public Holidays

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what measures have been taken to ensure that (a) employers and (b) employees are aware of the changes in statutory holiday entitlements and what the statutory holiday entitlements are, and during what dates, during the transitional period of their introduction. (155806)

The Government undertook two full consultations on the proposals to increase the holiday entitlement, holding a number of regional meetings and working closely with unions and employer organisations. Specific efforts were made to engage small businesses and employers in key sectors likely to be particularly affected. The ability to receive email updates on the proposals was offered and over eight thousand people requested updates on progress. The proposals also attracted considerable media coverage on a number of occasions.

Detailed guidance for employers and workers, including an interactive calculator for holiday entitlements, has been placed on the Business Link and Direct.gov websites respectively, with supporting material on BERR’s own website.