May Day Bank Holiday change 2020

Next year’s early May Bank Holiday will be moved back by 4 days to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE day.

This change may have implications for your business, you need to take into account the following:

  • Does your business usually open on a Bank Holiday?
  • Do you employ part-time staff?
  • How do you calculate annual leave for part time employees?

The direct swap from the 4th to the 8th of May means there is no need to re-calculate full-time holiday entitlements any differently next year.

Part-time employees who would not normally work Fridays will see a theoretical increase in holiday entitlement, as they won’t need to book any time off to cover the Early May Bank Holiday in 2020. In previous years they would have need to take the usual Monday off. Conversely those who don’t normally work Monday but work Fridays will need to book time off; for 2020 only.

Employees working different hours each day will also be affected depending on their contracted hours each day. So, employees who work fewer hours on a Friday will most likely favour the change as they will need to take less hours out of their entitlement to cover the time off.

Try to be pro-active and identify any potential problems early by communicating this change to your employees.

Contracts should be reviewed to ensure that they are suitably worded to accommodate changes to bank holidays; there have been instances in the past due to Royal Weddings for example where the number of Bank Holidays have fluctuated in the year and the early May Bank Holiday was last moved 25 years ago to commemorate the 50th anniversary of VE day.