Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The late May bank holiday has been moved to Monday 4th June 2012 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will take place on Tuesday 5th June 2012. However employers may not have to give employees an extra day's paid annual leave on the day of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Currently, The Working Time Regulations 1998 state that employees must receive a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid leave each year. Therefore depending on the wording of individual contracts of employment, employees may be disappointed. 
Some contracts will state that the employee will receive 4 weeks' annual holiday per year plus bank and public holidays. In this case, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee may be included within this clause. However if the contract states that the employee is entitled to 5.6 weeks annual holiday inclusive of bank holidays, or if the contract is more specific and it refers to each bank or public holiday (for example, Christmas Day, Good Friday and so on), then the extra bank holiday will not be provided for in the contract. Therefore it will be up to the employer to make a decision whether or not to give the extra bank holiday on the 5th June 2012. 
Employers will need to ensure that they do not unlawfully discriminate against employees because of one of the protected characteristics or because of their part time status. 
For more information, please call sothis on 0191 3783 482

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