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Queen’s bank holiday working and days off rules and guidance

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Rules and guidance for the bank holiday honouring the Queen’s funeral have been set out by the His Majesty’s Government. At his proclamation ceremony yesterday, Saturday, September 10, King Charles confirmed that Monday, September 19, would be a bank holiday.

Now the Government has published advice and guidance for employers and workers. Headteachers have been told that schools will shut but the situation is more complex for hospitals, shops, factories and offices. Many in caring professions and in the NHS will have to work. Some may be entitled to additional pay for working on a bank holiday. Those working on the day of the Queen’s funeral may be entitled to time off in lieu.

The official guidance reads: “Does this bank holiday mean individuals can have the day off work? This is a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer. There is no statutory entitlement to time off for bank holidays, but employers may include bank holidays as part of a worker’s leave entitlement.”

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It continued: “The government cannot interfere in existing contractual arrangements between employers and workers. However, we would expect that many workers will be able to take the day off on the bank holiday. We also expect employers to respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take the day of the funeral off work.”

The government also referenced how some employment contracts ask individuals to work some Saturdays and bank holidays. It reiterated that this “is is a matter for discussion between individuals and their employer”.

The government also said it was up to employers whether staff working the day of the funeral can take an additional day’s holiday another day in lieu. It also said employers have discretion over whether time pays extra on Monday September 19, reports Birmingham Live.

The government also told bosses it was up to them whether staff members who’ve booked annual leave for the date of the funeral will be able to reclaim it.

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