The government has announced that there will be an extra bank holiday in 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Thursday, 2 June 2022 and then an additional bank holiday on Friday, 3 June 2022 will see a four-day weekend, over which there will be an extensive programme of public events.
What Does This Mean For Employers?
This does not mean, however, that workers will automatically be entitled to an additional day of paid annual leave. There is no statutory right to paid bank holidays, although they can be included within the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement of 5.6 weeks (28 days for a full-time worker). Therefore, whether workers are entitled to the additional bank holiday as paid annual leave is a contractual matter and will depend on the exact wording of their contracts of employment (or workers’ contracts).