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Did you know the May Day Bank Holiday is moving next year?

It’s that time of year when employees are looking at using up their remaining holiday allowances before the end of the 2019 holiday year (for those who use a calendar year as their holiday year). The more organised employees, may also be looking ahead to 2020 to work out when is the best time to book a holiday based on next years Bank Holidays..

What many people may not realise is that 2020 will see the May Bank Holiday Monday which usually falls on the first Monday in May, moving to a Friday to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day.

This is only the second time in history when the May Bank Holiday has been moved, the first being in 1995 for the 50th VE Day anniversary.

VE (Victory in Europe) is a holiday that is recognised across the world. Whilst it’s no longer officially celebrated in the U.S it is seen as an important day across most of Europe where many countries see it as a public holiday to celebrate the end of World War II.

It is however celebrated by a different name in some countries such as Liberation day in Norway and Victory over Fascism Day in Slovakia and in some cases the date varies due to an additional 2 days of fighting between German and Soviet Forces after the signing of the official documents.

The impact for HR department is that they will need to ensure the change to the May Bank Holiday is reflected in their holiday calendars or in their HR Software System. Additionally, it would be beneficial to notify employees as they may not realise they need to book the Monday off rather than the Friday next year.

All other bank holidays next year remain unchanged.

The full list of Upcoming bank holidays in England and Wales for 2020 is as follows:

1 January Wednesday New Year’s Day
10 April Friday Good Friday
13 April Monday Easter Monday
8 May Friday Early May bank holiday (VE day)
25 May Monday Spring bank holiday
31 August Monday Summer bank holiday
25 December Friday Christmas Day
28 December Monday Boxing Day (substitute day)

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