It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the Royal Wedding with an extra bank holiday, but we are soon going to be celebrating another royal event as the government has announced that we will all benefit from an extra bank holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Whether you’re celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, visiting friends and family, or just relaxing at home, a bank holiday gives us all a bit of time to take a break from hectic working lives.
This time off is so important that it’s included in our terms and conditions of service. As well as your usual annual leave, all doctors are entitled to eight days of public holidays a year and it’s important to use them.
NHS Employers have announced that they expect the extra Jubilee bank holiday to be treated in the same way as the extra Royal Wedding bank holiday last year, so that employees who work on that day should receive a day off in lieu, and those not working should have it counted as an extra day of paid annual leave
If you have a ‘’zero hour day” which falls on a bank holiday, then you are also entitled to a day off in lieu under the terms of your contract. Remember that your colleagues who have other days off on the rota will also benefit from the bank holiday, and your contract should apply fairly to all of you.
If you’re working less than full time, you’re also entitled to an allocation of public holiday in proportion to the amount you work. So that if you work 70% of the time, then you should benefit from 70% of the public holidays – which would be 5.6 days in a normal year.
You can see our full guidance on the BMA website.
Remember, you’ve earned your bank holidays – so make sure you use them!