Do employees get extra pay on a leap year day?

6th February 2020

Every four years, many workers find themselves cramming in an extra day of work into an already packed year.

A small price to pay for maintaining the Gregorian calendar’s synchronicity with the celestial movements of our solar system, you might say. But are workers in the UK entitled to extra pay for this extra work? Bethan Mack answers this quadrennial query.

Ultimately it comes down to how your employees are paid. If they are paid on an hourly basis then they would be paid for the hours worked, and as such, would receive payment for any hours worked for the additional day.

However, if your staff receive an annual salary, you would not need to pay an extra day’s pay as you can say that this has been factored into their salary. In these cases, staff are usually paid 1/12th of their annual salary per month regardless of the amount of days in that month.

The next leap day is set to occur this year – Saturday 29th February 2020, to be exact.

Disclaimer: This information is for general guidance regarding rights and responsibilities and is not formal legal advice as no lawyer-client relationship has been created. Note that the information was accurate at the time of publication but laws may have since changed.

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