The government has announced that Monday 8 May 2023 will be a national bank holiday in all parts of the UK, following the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, giving families and communities across the UK the opportunity to come together and celebrate. This will fall on Monday 8 May 2023, following the Coronation on Saturday 6 May.
The bank holiday on 8th May 2023 will operate in the same way as other bank holidays – this means that there is no legal requirement for employers to give staff a day off work.
There is no statutory right to time off so employers will need to review their contracts of employment to determine whether their staff are entitled to time off on this additional bank holiday, for example:
Where matters may become unclear is where the contract of employment refers to the “usual bank holidays”. The bank holiday on 8th May 2023 is extra, and therefore arguably falls outside of this category. This could leave this bank holiday open to question if employers deduct this from an employee’s annual entitlement. Equally, it provides an argument for the employer not to pay employees for the bank holiday if an employee’s holiday entitlement is “plus the usual bank holidays”.
Employers should check their contracts carefully for any other flexibility in the wording such as “8 public/bank holidays as listed, or other days as determined by us” which may allow the employer to give staff the extra day off but require them to work on another public/bank holiday.
Of course, where contracts do not include an automatic right to time off, employers can choose to give their employees an additional day of paid leave or staff can make an annual leave request in the usual way.
For workers who are required to work on the day of the extra bank holiday, there are no statutory rules regarding extra pay on bank holidays. This will depend on the wording of the worker’s contract and any custom and practice that has been set on previous bank holidays, such as for the Queen’s funeral in September 2022.
There is no indication of government plans for this day to become an annual bank holiday.
If you require any further information about leave entitlements around the bank holiday, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our expert team of consultants today.
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