Do employees get extra pay on a leap year day?

24th 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? Nicole Rogers has the answer.

Ultimately it comes down to how you are paid; this will determine if you are entitled to any additional pay for the Leap Year.

If you are paid on an hourly basis then you would be entitled to be paid for the hours you have worked, and as such, would receive payment for any hours worked on the additional Leap Year day.

However, if you receive an annual salary, you would not be entitled to be paid for an extra day as this will have been factored into your salary. In these cases, staff are usually paid 1/12th of their annual salary each month regardless of the number of days in that month.

Can I ask my employer not to work on Feb 29th and not have to take it as annual leave? 

An employee can of course ask not to work on Feb 29th however, this request would be treated like most other types of leave; that is, it is at the discretion of the employer to allow a worker the day off.

There is no legal entitlement to have Feb 29th off as paid leave without this being deducted from holiday entitlement.

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.

What you need to know about pay and wages

The law seeks to provide a fair structure and ensure that we are appropriately compensated for our efforts, and that employers cannot underpay or exploit us when it comes to our wages.

October 2019 Learn more

Read more from the DAS Law blog

Employment disputes Can employees refuse to return to work if they feel unsafe?

Can an employee refuse to return to work due to fears of contracting Covid-19? Where does the law stand if employees decide to ‘take a stand’?

July 2020
Employment disputes Flexible furlough: what you need to know

Employers are left trying to understand how the recently ‘flexible’ CJRS can be used as we come out of lockdown and more businesses reopen and bring back their workforces.

June 2020
Employment disputes Redundancy: an employer’s guide

Hayley Marles and Simon Roberts – both Senior Associates at DAS Law – look at what an employer needs to know about redundancy.

June 2020
Employment disputes Redundancy: an employee’s guide

Hayley Marles and Simon Roberts – both Senior Associates at DAS Law – look at what an employee needs to know about redundancy.

June 2020
Employment disputes , Protecting your business The return to work: a guide for employers

Lucy Kenyon looks at what employers need to consider when returning employees to work.

May 2020
Employment disputes The Job Retention Scheme: have you got it right?

DAS Law Associate Carly Owen looks at the latest developments regarding the government’s Job Retention Scheme.

May 2020
Employment disputes , Protecting your business Health and safety and computers

Employers need to manage the risks to their employees of working at computers for long periods of time. DAS Law’s Bethan Mack explains.

May 2020
Employment disputes ‘Self-isolation’ – what it means and its possible impact on your rights and pay

More and more people in the UK are being told to self-isolate to minimise the spread of the Coronavirus. What impact will this have on workers’ rights and pay?

February 2020
Employment disputes Do employees get extra pay on a leap year day?

Every four years, many workers find themselves cramming an extra day of work into an already packed year. But are workers in the UK entitled to extra pay for this extra work?

February 2020
Employment disputes Braving the storms: what every employee and employer needs to know about winter commuting

If you run your own business, bad weather can cause chaos when staff can’t get in. What employment law regulations are in place when handling transport troubles in winter?

February 2020
Employment disputes My employer is advertising my job. Where do I stand?

DAS Law’s Lauren Woolf explains what to do if you find out your employer has been advertising your job without informing you that you are being dismissed.

January 2020
General advice , Employment disputes Beware the perils of sharing colleagues’ Christmas party antics on social media

Are people allowed to record and share your more embarrassing moments without your permission? What does the law have to say?

December 2019
Employment disputes , Goods and services disputes All you need to know about tipping

Are we legally obliged to tip? Does that money actually go to the staff or is it kept by the business owner? Thomas Pertaia has the answers.

December 2019