Diamond Jubilee & Your Employees
Peter Jones of the HR Department explains how Jubilee celebrations could affect your business
HR Dept. Swindon
Employees nationwide will be joining in
celebrations to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in June this year, with a special
additional bank holiday on Tuesday 5th June 2012. The late May bank holiday has
been moved to Monday 4th June 2012, giving employees who are entitled to the
extra day off a four day weekend and a three day working week.
However, whilst the additional bank holiday has
been announced, it does not automatically entitle employees to the day off. The
HR Dept is advising employers to plan ahead and check their employee’s
contracts to clarify their entitlement to the bank holiday.
If an employee’s contract specifies that they
are entitled to take 20 days as annual leave ‘plus [all] bank holidays’, the
employee has a contractual entitlement to take the special bank holiday as an
extra day of paid annual leave.
If the contract states holiday entitlement is
‘20 days of annual leave plus eight bank holidays’ then the employee does not
have a contractual right to the day off. A more complicated scenario would
involve the contract stating that an employee is entitled to ‘28 days paid
annual leave including [all] bank holidays’.
If this were the case, an employee would be
entitled to the day off, but an employer is within their rights to deduct the
day from the employee’s statutory minimum holiday entitlement of 28 days.
Be sure to prepare
Conversely, some trades such as leisure, tourism
and retail may need additional staff to cover what could be a busy period.
Needless to say, whether business owners will be recruiting and/or managing
existing staff, they still need to prepare for the additional bank holiday.
Jones, Director of The HR Dept Swindon comments: "Extra bank holidays can be a real cause for confusion for both employers
and employees, but they also have a positive impact in the leisure and tourism
sector where the Jubilee celebrations create opportunities."
"Our advice is to plan for your
business needs now and if you need more staff at that time think about
restricting holidays during the period, but above all ensure employees know
exactly what their entitlements are so there are no surprises."