Extra Bank Holidays – is it a paid day off?

Sep 14, 2022 | Blog, HR

What a strange week – it’s been emotional and everything feels up in the air.
I’m sure you and your team are dealing with the passing of the Queen in your own way but if you have any questions about how to handle something or support your team at this time, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

In the meantime though, I’ve had a few questions regarding the Bank Holiday on 19th September when the Queen’s funeral will take place.

The main question is whether or not you need to give this as a paid day off.

And the answer is, it depends on the wording of your contract of employment.

The government has also published some extra guidance for businesses.

Let’s look at the main scenarios that come up in contracts when it comes to holiday entitlement:

If the contract says 20 days (or more) plus Bank Holidays then that means there’s (theoretically) no limit on the number of Bank Holidays that are included as holiday entitlement and therefore, 19th September will be a paid day off.

If the contract says something like: 20 days (or more) plus 8 Bank Holidays; 20 days (or more) plus the following Bank Holidays (and lists the usual Bank Holidays in England and Wales); 28 days including Bank Holidays
then you are not contractually required to pay the additional Bank Holiday.

If you decide that you’re not going to pay it, you need to let your team know as soon as possible so they can understand where they stand.

Of course, it’s not for me to tell you what to do (and you know I don’t usually!), however I’d say that it’s worth considering the possible impact on your team and their loyalty and overall morale if you do decide not to pay them for that day.
Whilst I am posting this specifically due to the death of the Queen, the information applies to any occaison where an extra BH is given, we also had this earlier in the year to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, so it is worth reading and maybe keeping to refer back to.

If you have any questions please do get in touch.


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