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Early May Bank Holiday 2020 changed for VE Day Anniversary

  • The government has announced the bank holiday, originally set for Monday 4 May, will be switched to Friday 8 May in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Next year’s Early May Bank Holiday date has moved for only the second time in history in order to allow the public to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which also falls on the Friday date.
  • The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel who contributed to the war effort.
  • The government said moving the bank holiday would be “a right and fitting tribute to our heroes of the Second World War, and an opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation”.


Whilst this change won’t impact on your team who work full time, it may raise questions from your part time workers should they feel they might be disadvantaged by this change.

Part time workers are protected by the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 came into force on 1 July 2000 and implements the European Directive on Part-time Workers. Government guidance on these Regulations says: “Under the regulations, part-timers should not be treated less favourably than comparable full-timers in their entitlement to public/bank holidays.  Allowing full time workers, the day off, but not part-timers, is clearly less favourable treatment and unlawful under the regulations unless there is objective justification.”

The guidance goes on to recommend that: “It may be necessary to remove the disadvantage suffered by those staff who do not receive particular days off as a result of their particular working pattern, for example by giving all workers a pro rata entitlement of days off in lieu according to the number of hours they work.”

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