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29 February 2020. Will I be paid for it?

9th January 2020 by Ella Gould

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It is a question many employees may be wondering at the beginning of a leap year and one that not all employers immediately know the answer to, so we thought we would confirm the position for you in time for 29 February 2020.

The answer, quite simply, depends on whether the employee is paid a salary or paid on the basis of hours worked.

An employee who is paid a salary will not receive any extra pay for the extra day in a leap year, unless this has been specifically agreed with their employer or it is provided for in their contract of employment. Generally, a salary is a set annual amount paid by way of monthly instalments, unaffected by a leap year.

An employee who is paid according to the hours they work or amount of work, would be entitled to be paid for any work carried out by them on the 29 February in the same way as they would be for work carried out on any other day (assuming there is no agreement otherwise). In effect, such employees will, therefore, be paid for the work performed on that day.

There are campaigns for 29 February to become a bank holiday and no doubt such campaigns will receive much support in the lead up to the 29 February 2020, however it is safe to say it will not be happening this year.

If you would like any further support or advice from our employment law specialists, please do not hesitate to contact Ella Gould on 01202 557256 or email Ella on

Ella Gould

Associate — Corporate and Commercial / Employment

Direct dial: 01202 205040


Ella Gould, Solicitor in Laceys Corporate and Commercial team
  • “Ella carried out the work for my business sale very efficiently, and always responded promptly. This was particularly important to me as I often required assistance quickly in order to progress matters within the given time frame.”

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  • “Ella makes every process we deal with understandable and as straight forward as possible. I have not doubt she will remain our solicitor for many years.”

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  • “Corporate acquisitions never go quite as planned but Ella was always at the end of the phone and more than willing to chase up whatever was not forthcoming! A thorough and efficient service with plenty of good advice along the way!”

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Ella completed her Law LLB Hons degree at the University of Surrey graduating in 2013 and subsequently the LPC at the University of Law. Ella joined us to commence her training contract in 2014 and qualified into our corporate and commercial team in March 2016, now acting on a wide variety of corporate, commercial and employment matters ranging from local businesses to national companies.

Ella can assist with business and share transactions, shareholders’ agreements, drafting articles of association and other general company law matters. Ella also advises on employment law aspects predominantly in a corporate context. In particular, her work includes drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, providing assistance and advice on TUPE transfers, and other general employer advice.

Outside of work Ella enjoys going for long runs around Bournemouth and the Purbecks, skiing when the opportunity arises and making the most of the local beaches in the summer.

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