Meredith Hurst Friday, June 3, 2011
After a flurry of public and bank holidays and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the government has announced that Tuesday 5 June 2012 will be a bank holiday, to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June, to allow for a four-day weekend of celebrations.
As an employer, remember that despite the increase, there is still no statutory right to time off (paid or otherwise) on any public holiday. Whether a worker can be required to work on a public holiday is a matter for the contract or, in some cases, simply the employer's managerial prerogative. In many industries or occupations (such as retail, travel or emergency services) working on public holidays is a commercial or operational necessity.
We would be interested to know what effect the recent additional public holiday has had on your business and how you have dealt with this.