Can you remember what you did in 2012 when the Queens Diamond Jubilee gave rise to an extra Bank Holiday? Are you clear on whether you need to pay your staff if another Bank Holiday is granted for the royal wedding in May 2018?
Although we are yet to be issued with an exact date for the formal ceremony, (dates published in the Sun and Mirror are currently alleged “rumours”), we like to be prepared! So, what if a Bank Holiday is declared?
Contractual wording is key…
If contracts state that holiday entitlement is 5.6 weeks (or 28 days) inclusive of bank holidays, you will not be legally bound to pay for an additional Bank Holiday should it be declared.
If contracts state that holiday entitlement is 20 days plus bank holidays, you will be required to provide pay for an additional Bank Holiday should it be declared.
Of further note is whether or not employees are required to work Bank Holidays or not. If the contract states that they do not work on Bank Holidays, then they will automatically be eligible for the day off. With or without pay will depend on wording regarding their entitlement as already stated.