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VE Day Celebration change of UK bank holiday

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The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. There will be commemorative events across the country to honour the incredible sacrifice men and women made during the Second World War.

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. When it comes to calculating any entitlement to time off or pay in respect of bank holidays, no one should be worse off as a result of the change. For many employers who usually close on bank holidays, this will be a straightforward swap.

We would advise employers to clearly communicate any impact on employees and how it will be managed, for further guidance and information contact us at Atoll HR.

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