24 May, 2012
The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations are nearly upon us. As the party preparations begin and the bunting is hung, Forbes Solicitors is warning local employers to be prepared.
Just like the Royal Wedding last year, the 5th June this year will be an additional bank holiday to allow for a national celebration and employers need to check their contracts of employment to see what impact this may have on their business.
Amy Stokes, Employment Solicitor at Forbes Solicitors comments, "Employees are not automatically entitled to be paid for a day off on a bank holiday. Employers need to check the wording of their contracts and look at what they have done in the past. If, for example, the contract says that employees are entitled to 20 days plus all public or bank holidays, then they would be legally entitled to this as a paid day off. However, if the contract says they are entitled to 28 days holiday and make no mention of the bank holidays they will not be entitled to the Jubilee bank holiday, unless they take it as a holiday."
Consistency is also important, all employees should be treated in the same way and it is key to follow the same approach taken by the business in respect of the Royal Wedding bank holiday.
The majority of employers will probably grant the additional bank holiday as part of holiday entitlement as it is likely to have a negative impact on morale if they do not. Granting the day off may, however, not be possible for all businesses in all sectors and so careful planning is essential.