royal wedding bank holiday

Employers Policy on Royal Wedding Bank Holiday

Employers have been advised to clarify with staff now whether they can take the day off on Friday 29th April or risk confusion over working hours on the Royal Wedding bank holiday. By law, employers do not have to give employees paid time off for bank and public holidays. However, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) adviser Angela Baron said most firms would allow staff to take the day off. “In the spirit of things you should give people the day off if you possibly can. But there will be reasons why some businesses can’t just close down for the day, in which case you could operate a first–come–first–served basis or a lottery to see who will come into work that day.” Baron added that if employers need some staff to work on the day, they could ask for voluntee... »

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday: The Leave Issues

With less than a month until the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th April 2011 – which follows the Easter break – employers may find themselves having to juggle extra leave requests. Acas is reminding employers to plan ahead to avoid last-minute leave clashes or short-term absences. Acas National Helpline Manager Stewart Gee said: “As the wedding bank holiday is in the same week as Easter Monday, employers may see an increase in requests for time off. The best way to be as fair and consistent as possible is to have a policy on how to manage time off and leave requests. For many the Royal Wedding is going to be an opportunity to celebrate, and your employees being able to join in may help to boost morale in your workplace.” Holiday guidance: There is no statutory right to bank/public ... »