So now that we are into the New Year and most of us are back at work… our thoughts are likely turning to our next holiday or bank holiday weekend.
Some people have already started thinking about how they will spend the additional bank holiday this year in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, these plans may be a little premature though as it depends on what your employees’ contract of employment says. It is not an automatic day off for everyone!
Whilst it may sound like everyone has the right to another day off to celebrate. The wording you have used is important and will determine who is and isn’t entitled to the extra day off.
When is the extra bank holiday in 2022?
The additional bank holiday in 2022 is on Friday 3rd June. It’s been announced to mark the Queen’s jubilee year, celebrating 70 years on the throne.
It’s not the only change to bank holidays next year that employers need to be aware of. The spring bank holiday, which is usually at the end of May has been moved to Thursday 2nd June 2022, this will create a 4-day weekend for some and a three-day week for others.
The wording you have used is important and will determine who is and isn’t entitled to the extra day off. It is advised you check early so that you can plan and communicate accordingly.
How do you work out who is entitled to the extra bank holiday?
It’s likely that you already have a process in place for booking holidays. Many of our clients use Breathe HR to book and authorise time off. If you don’t know where to start with deciphering who in England is entitled to the additional day off, please see below:
• Staff are entitled to the extra bank holiday if their contract states – 20 days holidays plus bank holidays
• Staff in England and Wales are not entitled to the extra bank holiday if their contract states – 20 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (and have listed the bank holiday by name)
• Staff are not entitled to the extra bank holiday if their contract states – 28 days or 5.6 weeks which includes bank holidays.
If you have a variation of this wording, then give us a call to discuss in more detail – 0118 324 2526.
Although not all employees will have an automatic entitlement to the extra day, it’s worth noting that some employers will let their team have this additional day as a goodwill gesture. We will certainly do this here at HRCentral Limited.
It’s important that staff use their holiday allowance to recover and feel rejuvenated, especially after the past couple of years. However, it’s also important that your business is adequately staffed and so any decision concerning an extra day requires planning, we can help if you want to discuss your manpower requirements in more detail.
If you have employees working part-time hours, remember that part-time workers should not be treated less favourably than their full-time colleagues concerning bank holiday entitlements, and the additional day should be included in any calculations for 2022.
Happy New Year to all our clients, old and new.
If you would like help reviewing and implementing your contracts or offer letters, please do get in touch.
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