I have read about the change in date of this year’s Early May Bank Holiday and how it may affect holidays from an employment law perspective. Can you please advise?  

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I have read about the change in date of this year’s Early May Bank Holiday and how it may affect holidays from an employment law perspective. Can you please advise?  

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Following the Government’s announcement last year, this year’s Early May Bank Holiday will move from its usual position of the first Monday in May to Friday 8 May in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

Unlike in previous years, where additional Bank Holidays were provided for the 2011 Royal Wedding and the Queen’s Jubilee, the Early May Bank Holiday is simply being moved, meaning the total number of Bank Holidays across the UK will not change.

Employees will no doubt be wondering whether they will get the Friday off work and this will depend largely on the wording of their employment contracts. Employers are encouraged to review existing contracts along with their usual practices when it comes to Bank Holidays to determine how this change will impact time off next year.

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