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Date posted: 14th November 2022
It has been announced that the UK will get an additional bank holiday in 2023 to allow people the opportunity to come together to celebrate the King’s coronation just as they did in 1953 for the Queen’s coronation.
It will fall on Monday 8th May 2023 and will apply across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
Whether employees get this additional bank holiday awarded by their employer will depend on the wording of their contract of employment and it is important to note that employees do not have an automatic right to paid time off on a bank holiday. Employers are advised to check the wording of their employment contracts and communicate with employees about whether or not they will be required to work on the additional bank holiday in line with the terms of the contract.
We have set out below the most commonly used phrases relating to bank holidays seen in employment contracts and what they mean in terms of the employee’s right to have paid time off work on Monday 8th May 2023.
Even where there is no contractual entitlement to take the additional bank holiday as paid time off, many employers, as a gesture of goodwill, will decide to allow their employees to take the additional bank holiday or if that is not possible for business reasons, to provide time off in lieu. If that is allowed then all employees must be able to benefit from the gesture, not only those who are full time.
The additional bank holiday will mean a recalculation of pro rata time off for part time employees who do not work on Mondays. Employers must ensure that all employees have at least the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement and that part-time employees are not treated less favourably than full-time employees. To avoid a complaint of less favourable treatment, many employers provide part-time employees with a pro-rated bank holiday entitlement.
While there may be no arrangement that will have entirely fair results for all employees whatever their working pattern, one option is to calculate pro-rated bank holiday entitlement according to the number of hours that the part-time employee works, irrespective of whether or not they work on the days on which public holidays fall.
For more support with managing the additional bank holiday in 2023 or any other HR related matter, please feel free to contact Kingswood Group HR on 02145 204450 or email us on HR@kingswoodgroup.org
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