HR Solutions Webinar:
VE Day and Tips on Bank Holiday Entitlement

In 2020 only, the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) will become a bank holiday instead of the usual early May bank holiday. The decision was made by the UK Government in order to enable as many people as possible to take time to celebrate the end of World War Two and to honour and remember the many heroes and sacrifices that were made.

This means that Friday 8th May will be the early bank holiday in 2020, not Monday 4th May.

When thinking about employees and entitlement to time off or pay in respect of bank holidays, no one should be worse off as a result of the change. In some cases, getting this wrong could result in a breach of contract or even a breach of the Working Time Regulations 1998.

For many, the change will just require a straightforward swap. Confusion is likely to arise in organisations who normally close on bank holidays but choose to remain open on the Friday, and for those who have part-time staff affected by Fridays and Mondays.

Do you pay it? Should they work it? Should they get time back?

Watch this webinar recording to get tips on managing the change and tips on getting holiday entitlement right.


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