To mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, bank holidays in the UK will be slightly different than normal in 2022, with one extra bank holiday day available. But when is the extra bank holiday and who’s entitled to it?
In 2022, in celebration of the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch, the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May is being moved to Thursday 2 June 2022. There will also be an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June, creating a four-day weekend.
Employees don’t have an automatic statutory right to paid time off on a bank holiday. It depends on what’s set out in their employment contract.
If the contract states that the employee has the right to a certain amount of holiday plus bank holidays – but without any further details – then they would automatically have a right to this additional bank holiday.
If the contract does have a specific amount of holiday stated in it, then the employee isn’t automatically entitled to the additional bank holiday. For example, the contract could say that the employee is entitled to:
If the usual bank holidays are listed and set out in writing, the Spring Bank Holiday is likely to be included. So, it’s worth noting that (depending on the wording) employees will be likely to be entitled to take Thursday 2 June off as the substituted Spring Bank Holiday.
If the contract states that the employee is entitled to 5.6 weeks “inclusive of any bank holidays” – and those days aren’t specified – then they’ll be entitled to be off on 3 June 2022, but this will have to come out of their holiday entitlement.
If the employee doesn’t have the right to 3 June 2022 as an extra day’s holiday, it’s your decision as an employer what to do.
It’s important to consider what the impact on staff morale could be, not just whether employees are legally entitled to the holiday. After a very difficult couple of years, it’s likely that there will be a national push to celebrate not just the Queen’s 70 years, but also the hope for life resembling some form of new ‘normal’ this year.
Employees are also likely to be entitled to take Thursday 2 June off as the substituted Spring Bank Holiday – so bringing them back for one day on the Friday could potentially cause some ill-feeling and damage morale.
So, your options include:
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