Jubilee time off

Posted: 4th May 2012

To mark the occasion of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there is an extra bank holiday this year on Tuesday 5 June. Also, the spring bank holiday, which normally falls at the end of May, has been moved to Monday 4 June.
ACAS has issued a reminder to employers to plan ahead to avoid last minute leave request clashes or short-term absences.
ACAS National Helpline Manager Stewart Gee said, “For many, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is an opportunity to celebrate and with two bank holidays at the beginning of June, employers may receive more requests for time off. We’re already getting calls to the Acas helpline from employers seeking advice. It’s important to be as fair and consistent as possible by having a policy on how to manage time off and leave requests so employees can join in the celebrations and employers can maintain morale at work.”

There is no statutory right to bank/public holidays, so the additional bank holiday does not increase any entitlement to holiday under the Working Time Regulations. Whether or not an employee will benefit from the extra bank holiday will depend on the wording of their contract.
There is also no legal right to be paid any extra for working on a bank holiday. Again, this will depend on the terms of the employment contract.