The UK will celebrate an extra bank holiday on Friday 3 June 2022 to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The UK is to celebrate an extra bank holiday on Friday 3rd June 2022 to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Last year, the Government announced plans for a long bank holiday weekend to celebrate 70 years on the throne for Queen Elizabeth II. A one-off additional bank holiday will take place on Friday 3rd June 2022.

Additionally, the Spring Bank Holiday, which would usually take place in May, has been moved to Thursday 2nd June 2022.

Will employees be automatically entitled to the extra bank holiday?

An employee’s entitlement to having the extra bank holiday off will depend entirely on the wording of their contract of employment.

Employers are advised to check the wording of their employment contracts and communicate with staff about whether or not they will be required to work.

It is also important to note that employees do not have a legal right to paid time off over a bank holiday – this is down an employee’s contract of employment or employers discretion.

Do staff working over the bank holiday require extra pay?

There is no statutory obligation to offer additional pay – sometimes referred to as ‘time and a half’ or ‘double time’ – to staff working on a bank holiday.

If working bank holidays is mandatory in your business the terms of doing so should be outlined in your employment contracts.

Find out more about managing the extra bank holiday here.

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