There will be an additional public holiday on Friday 29th April 2011 to mark the Royal Wedding. Some employers have asked for guidance on whether they are required to provide this as an extra day’s holiday.

What should employers do?

This is a matter which is likely to turn exclusively on the wording of the employment contract.

For example, if the contract says “twenty days holiday plus bank holidays” then the employee will probably be entitled to the Royal Wedding bank holiday as paid leave unless the number of bank holidays is limited to “8″.

However, if the contract says “28 days holiday per year including bank holidays” then it would seem that there is no contractual entitlement to an extra bank holiday.

Notwithstanding any potential contractual interpretation, it is of course worth considering the impact any decision would have on staff morale.