Extra Bank Holiday Announced for Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Government has confirmed that the UK will have an additional bank holiday in 2022 in order to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Whether you need to give your employees an extra day's leave for the occasion will depend upon your contract of employment.

Employers were all taken aback when the government moved the May bank holiday earlier this year (2020) from Monday 4th to Friday 8th May at short notice to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, so at least this time we have been given plenty of notice of an additional bank holiday. This will to take place on Friday 3rd June as well as moving the late May bank holiday from Monday 30th May to Thursday 2nd June to create a 4-day break.

But what does this mean for employers? Will you have to give employees another day's leave?

This will depend on your contracts of employment. If they say (for example) 20 days plus bank holidays, then the employer will be contractually obliged to allow an additional day's paid leave (pro rata for part-time staff). However, if the contract phrases the entitlement as 28 days including bank holidays, you are not obliged to give staff an extra day - it will come out of the 28 days they have per year. Of course, it does not stop you being more generous if you feel like it!

2022 seems a long way off at the moment, but if you want to make changes to contracts to address this issue - or deal with more general aspects of your employment documents, then it would be wise to do this before the beginning of your 2022 leave year. If you need help with this, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Posted on 19 Nov 2020
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