Public holiday guidelines for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

King Charles III has declared Monday the 19th September 2022 a public holiday for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.  But what does this mean for you as an employer…..

As with all other Public or “Bank” holidays, you must look for guidance from you own company terms and conditions of employment or staff handbook.

If your organisation would normally close on a public holiday it will be expected that you will do the same on the 19th with all employees who regularly work on a Monday having an additional day of paid leave.  In this case, your annual leave policy will usually state the number of days holiday an employee is to receive with additional time for all public holidays.

However, if your business is usually trading for business on a public holiday, and your Ts&Cs state that employees will receive annual leave including all public holidays, you may chose to open as normal or with amended hours.

But should you make people work?  This is where sensitivity and discretion should be taken by all employers.

JFHR would recommend that, if you wish to remain open you ask for volunteers that are happy to work on that day – there can be many reasons why someone would volunteer especially with many people are facing economic hardship who do not get paid if they do not work, therefore judgements should not be made for individuals decisions.  Employers may also consider trading for reduced hours that day to allow for a reduction in staff levels rather than expecting people to work.

Please get in touch if you need any further guidance on the best course of action for your organisation.

No further details have been announced regarding the Coronation of King Charles III.