Extra Bank holiday in 2011 for Royal Wedding
It has been announced that Prince William and Kate Middleton will get married on Friday 29th April 2011 and that this will be a bank holiday in England. So what does this do to the leave entitlement of your employees?
That all depends on their contracts of employment. If they state that the employees have x number of days PLUS bank holidays (without specifying the number or which ones) then this means that they will get one extra paid day's leave (or a proportionate increase for part-timers.) However, if you have stated that they get x number of days INCLUDING bank holidays, then any extra time will come from their existing annual leave entitlement. Of course, you may decide to give them the day off anyway as an extra paid period of leave if you think that this would be good for morale (and the business can afford it!)
Whichever you do, you should make your decision and inform your staff by the beginning of 2011 so that you can plan for leave requests for that week in April, which will also include Easter Monday!
Don't forget that there will also be another special bank holiday in 2012 for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, so your decision for 2011 is likely to be seen as a precedent by your employees.
If you need further advice on this please contact Helen Astill on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01684 594773
Posted on 19 Nov 2016