It is official; the Government have agreed that the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton will be marked as a public holiday. The date of the Royal Wedding and the additional public holiday will be Friday 29th April 2011.
However, before you make plans to celebrate this historic and cultural day, it is best to check your contract, as not everyone is granted this day off.
The day does not increase any entitlement to holiday under the Working Time Regulations, so whether an employee will benefit from the additional bank holiday will be entirely dependent on the wording of their contract.
For example, a contract which entitles a worker to 20 days annual leave in addition to all statutory, bank and public holidays would potentially give the worker an extra day’s paid holiday. However if public holidays are listed by name, in a contract, it’s unlikely you will have the day off and be paid.
Yet restricting employees from an additional public holiday may not be of such benefit as you may think. It is an event that will play a significant role in British culture and history. Allowing your employees to join in with the celebrations is more likely to boost morale and efficiency within the workplace. Therefore this is one decision that HR will have to analyse carefully to maximise efficiency of the workforce.