Bank holiday move: headache for employers?

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21 Mar 2011

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Government Ministers have recently announced plans to move the May Day bank holiday in order to spread out the holidays and extend the tourist season, but what does this mean for employers? The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has proposed moving the day to either St George's Day on 23 April in England and St David's day in Wales, or creating a Trafalgar Day in October. On hearing the plans, the largest of the trade unions, the TUC and Unite, criticised the move claiming that it would disrupt the existing plans of employers and staff. Carol Smith, Senior Employment Consultant at Croner says: "Despite what the unions say, there should be little impact on employers. We can't see how it would create more red tape for employers as the TUC have suggested. The government are not planning to add or remove a day, simply moving it. There may be minor amendments to contractual documentation where actual bank holiday dates are specified. However there should be sufficient notice for employers to work around any operational matters and these should be no more than for the previous Bank holiday date."

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