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The Royal Wedding - Public Holiday - Expert Comments

David Reid
26th Nov 2010

The Royal Wedding - Are employers required to give employees a public holiday?

It has been announced that 29 April 2011, the date on which Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry, will be a designated public holiday for the United Kingdom.

 

Many businesses (particularly small to medium sized companies) may be concerned at the impact that granting all staff an additional paid holiday will have on them.

 

The legal position is that there is no automatic entitlement for an employee to take leave on 29 April 2011 simply because it has been announced as a public holiday. Whether or not an employee will be entitled to take an additional paid holiday on this date will depend on the specific wording of their contract of employment in relation to public holidays.

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