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The Downside of the Diamond Jubilee

Don’t get us wrong! The Corner Office is VERY excited for the Diamond Jubilee. Not just for our extra bank holiday but also for the time to celebrate a woman who has done a great job for sixty years. It’s going to be great. There is a down side for some UK workers…

Most UK workers might not know that special bank holidays such as the Diamond Jubilee are not included in the minimum statutory paid annual leave entitlement. It is up to the employer’s to provide that extra day of paid leave as a normal benefit. It seems that the jobs that are most affected are retail, catering and hospitality, emergency services and medical workers. According to the Trades Union Congress General Secretary Brendan Barber, “‘The Diamond Jubilee weekend should be celebrated by everyone. But sadly hundreds of thousands of staff are likely to miss out on the festivities because some short-sighted employers are forcing them to work. Many bosses are not even giving them the premium pay rates they’d normally get on a bank holiday. While this penny pinching may save companies a few quid in the short term they lose more over time by generating widespread resentment amongst staff that may make them less likely to go that extra mile in the weeks and months to come.”

If you are one of the people who are working this holiday weekend, we say thank you! We, like most of the UK, are planning to be out and about. We are grateful that our usual services will run as normal. If you do have to work this weekend, we want to hear from you! Let us know how it goes.

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