Bank holidays

Who should get annual leave over Christmas?

As many workers would like to take annual leave around the festive period, HR can get caught in the middle. But are workers legally entitled to time off and should they be paid extra if they do work?

Case study: Grant Thornton's choose-your-own bank holidays

Professional services firm Grant Thornton has begun offering flexible bank holidays. Nosa Omoigui finds out how it has been a boon for inclusivity.

Working parents hit financially by Queen's funeral bank holiday

The extra bank holiday observing the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II could adversely affect self-employed parents and workers on zero-hours contracts.

Employee leave rights for the Queen’s funeral

As the UK continues to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the government has announced that the day of her funeral will be a bank holiday, as well as a Day of National Mourning.

Extra bank holiday could give HR contract conundrum

The addition of an extra bank holiday to the calendar could create a sticking point between employers and employees.

Platinum Jubilee weekend - what are employees entitled to?

While many employees may already be swept-up in making plans for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend – are they legally entitled to this extra day off?

Absence expected to spike after bank holiday

Employers should anticipate higher employee absence after bank holidays as some employees have "too much Sun and fun"