As the bank holidays start again for 2022, Employers must remind themselves that this does bring an additional bank holiday, which will take place on Friday 3rd June to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In addition, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2nd June.
Employers need to have considered how this back-to-back bank holiday will affect their business and make the decision of if they need to give their employee an additional bank holiday.
The first step is to review the wording in your employee contracts. Employees are not automatically entitled to time off on this particular bank holiday. Reviewing the wording held within the employee contract is crucial.
If in the wording it states “including bank holidays” the employer must give employees, the extra bank holiday. However, if it says “plus 8 bank holidays” the Employer does not have to give an extra day and that day can come out of their free choice. Some Employers have given the additional bank holiday to show their appreciation to the employees where they do not have a contractual entitlement.
If the Employers holiday year runs January to December and this decision is yet to be made or you wonder what other options are available to you, please contact us at the HRX for further advice.