There will be an extra bank holiday in 2012. To allow for the weekend long celebrations, 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.
To avoid any potential issues with holiday entitlements it is best to start planning now. Remember as the schools will also be on holiday you may have an influx of holiday requests from parents looking at childcare concerns.
Firstly you need to determine which employees are entitled to the additional day’s holiday. Not all employees are entitled to the additional day’s holiday. This is dependent on their contract; there is no 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.
If an employee works on the bank holiday, there is no legal obligation to pay them more, the extra pay would depend on the terms and conditions in their employment contract.
It is important to be consistent and in all such cases communication is the key. You must consider the affect on morale if your company does not join in with the celebrations while ensuring there is no affect on the business.
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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