This leaflet is aimed at employers where fewer than 20 staff are at risk of redundancy.
Employees are not automatically entitled to paid time off for bank and public holidays.
Under certain circumstances employers must give employees who hold certain public positions reasonable time off to perform the duties associated with them.
Employers may elect to close their business at certain times of the year. (Christmas/new year)
This Order lowers the small employer exemption threshold (available under Section 7 (1)) from 20 employees to 15 employees.
This guide is designed primarily for medium-sized organisations in Northern Ireland but the core principles apply as much to small and micro-employers as well as multi-nationals.