Plans are now in place for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year. This means that there will be an extra bank holiday in 2012. The 2012 late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will be on Tuesday 5 June 2012. These holidays will also apply to Scotland.
Employees may be entitled to an additional day’s holiday depending on the wording of their employment contract; they do not have an automatic right to paid time off on a bank holiday.
If the employee is entitled to a certain number of days plus bank holidays, they will be entitled to the additional day off. However, if the employee is entitled to a certain number of days, and their contract is silent on the issue of bank holidays, the employee will not be entitled to an additional day’s leave; neither will the employee be entitled to an extra day if entitlement is expressed as a certain number of days “plus eight bank holidays”, or if the contract specifies which bank holidays are included.
You should consider whether it will affect team morale if your business does not join in with the celebrations; it is a delicate balance and in all such cases communication is the key.
Remember part-time staff have the same entitlement as full-time workers; therefore if full-time staff are given the bank holiday part-time workers should also receive the holiday on a pro-rata basis.
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