Coming into force on 1 October 2007, the Regulations provide: 

  • for an increase in the annual leave entitlement from 4 weeks to 5.6 weeks (28 days for a fulltimer) 
  • that workers become eligible for the first additional 0.8 weeks from 1 October 2007; for the second 0.8 weeks from 1st April 2009. 
  • that leave may not be replaced by a payment in lieu except where the employment is terminated or during an initial transitional phase to 1 April 2009
  • for the possibility of limited carry-over of the additional annual leave 
  • that the additional annual leave shall not apply to a worker whose employer already provides each worker employed by him with an entitlement to additional annual leave of 1.6 weeks or 8 days (whichever is the lesser) as at 1 October 2007 by virtue of a relevant agreement that satisfies the conditions set out the amending Regulations (i.e. the additional leave cannot be paid in lieu (except on termination), can only be carried forward into the following leave year and is paid). 
  • that partial days’ holiday in the first year of service will no longer have to be rounded up to the nearest full day.

The Regulations apply to Great Britain only and a separate Statutory Rule has been made in respect of Northern Ireland (also coming into effect on 1 October).