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The Impact of Leap Years on Employment

What employers need to know ...


Posted by Roger Eddowes on 25/01/2024 @ 8:00AM

As we approach the end of January, many of us are looking forward to an extra day this year due to 2024 being a leap year. While this may seem like a small and insignificant occurrence, it can actually have a significant impact on your employees ...

Leap years may seem like a minor occurrence, but they can have a significant impact!

Leap years may seem like a minor occurrence, but they can have a significant impact!

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Every four years, an extra day is added to the calendar to align the solar and calendar year. This means that 2024 has 366 days instead of the usual 365. This extra day falls on February 29th, which is known as a 'leap day'. While this may seem like a minor adjustment, it can have implications for your business in terms of pay, contracts, and working hours.

"The main concern for employees is the impact on their pay!"

As an extra day is added to the year, employees who are paid on an annual salary may expect to be paid for this extra day of work. This can lead to confusion and potential disputes if not addressed properly.

To avoid this, review their employment contracts and clearly state whether or not the leap day is included in their annual salary. If not, you should ensure that you communicate this clearly to your team to avoid any misunderstandings.

Another area where leap years can cause challenges is in terms of working hours. For businesses that operate on a fixed number of working hours per year, the addition of an extra day can throw off payroll calculations.

This can result in employees either working too many or too few hours, which can lead to issues with overtime pay and annual leave entitlement. Again, review your working hour policies and make any necessary adjustments to account for the extra day.

"Additionally, leap years can also have implications
for contracts and probation periods!"

For employees who are on a fixed-term contract or are in their probation period, the extra day in a leap year can affect the duration of their contract or probation. Employers should review contracts and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the leap day is accounted for. This will also help avoid any disputes or confusion in the future.

On the other hand, leap years can also present opportunities. With an extra day in the year, you can use this time to your advantage. This could include offering training or development opportunities for your employees, planning team-building activities, or even giving your employees an extra day off as a gesture of appreciation. This can boost morale and productivity, which can have a positive impact on the business.

In terms of employment law, leap years do not have any specific regulations or requirements. However, be aware of any potential issues that may arise and take proactive measures to address them. This could include reviewing contracts and policies, communicating with employees, and making any necessary adjustments to ensure a smooth transition into the leap year.

"While leap years may seem like a minor occurrence, they
can have a significant impact!"

Be aware of the potential challenges and opportunities that come with an extra day in the year and take proactive measures to address them. With proper preparation and communication, you'll be able to navigate leap years in the workplace with ease.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.