Bank holidays or public holidays are historically a rather strange legal concept, as bank holidays can be specified by Royal proclamation as well as by legislation in the usual way. The main Act governing bank holidays is the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, though other relevant Acts include:
- Christmas Trading Act 2004
- Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833), and
- Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2079)
- Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3322).
These Q&As deal specifically with the subject of bank and public holidays. For information on holidays generally, see our Annual leave and holiday pay Q&As.