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A day of recreation; a consecrated day; a day set apart for the suspension of business.

A legal holiday is a day set aside by statute for recreation, the cessation of work, or religious observance. It is a day that is legally designated as exempt from the conduct of all judicial proceedings, Service of Process, and the demand and protest of Commercial Paper. A prohibition against conducting public business transactions on holidays does not, however, have an effect upon private business. Private transactions will not, therefore, be invalidated solely because they are conducted on a holiday.


noun celebration, day of festivities, day off, dies festus, feriae, festival, fête, furlough, gala, jubilee, leave, leisure, lull, recess, rest, time off, vacation
Associated concepts: general holiday, legal holiday
See also: absence, furlough, leave, remembrance
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In terms of the Working Time Regulations 1998, workers are entitled to four weeks' paid annual leave each year, including statutory holidays.
Lobbyists for the rights of non-unionized workers demanded changes in job security, paid statutory holidays, sick leave, leave for family-related reasons, parental leave, working hours, recourse for wrongful dismissal, psychological harassment in the workplace, and compensation.
The UCFW executive recommended that the striking workers seek mediation in order to settle outstanding contract issues, such as wage increases, statutory holidays and sick pay.
We are struggling to be able to take our statutory holidays because the place is so under-staffed as it is.
This period included the preparation period (1 month) and statutory holidays from construction and commences on the date of notification of the service order requiring the start of works.
ATHE provisions for statutory holidays (28 days for full-time, five days a week staff) are found in the Working Time Regulations (WTR) but they do not specify what happens here.
She said: "This could range from updating contracts of employment and sickness absence policies - which could help limit an employer's exposure to the payment of holiday entitlement in excess of statutory holidays - to budgetary revisions to ensure that any necessary payments can be made in respect of those employees who may already be on long-term sick leave.
Should employers have to consider all religious festivals when it comes to statutory holidays, a leading employment specialist asks.
As widely announced, this is to increase to a maximum of 28 days to give all workers four weeks annual leave plus eight statutory holidays.
Amicus is fighting for eight days statutory holidays to be delivered in full by 2007.
For years bank holidays in the UK have been wrongly referred to as statutory holidays as there is no legal right to have these days off.
The statutory holidays helped reduce the impact on the customers, but more importantly, the company had system backups.

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