Dear Member

The Christmas holidays are:

l Saturday 24 December normal working day

l Sunday 25 December Christmas Day

l Monday 26 December Boxing Day

l Tuesday 27 December Bank Holiday in lieu of Christmas Day

l Monday 2 January Bank Holiday in lieu of New Year’s Day

A number of members have indicated that they will be opening on 27 December. If it is your intention to open, try to give staff as much notice as possible to avoid "I’ve already booked to go away". Remember that, if you do open and your employees are required to take Bank Holidays out of their annual holidays, then this day will not be deducted from their allowance. The same will apply to the New Year.

Other members are closing for the week in which case make sure staff keep enough holidays to allow them to be paid; they can, of course, ask to take this unpaid and have their paid holidays another time.

To all our members, a very Happy Christmas and wishing you all health and success in the New Year.