UK to Biz: How to Get Out of Giving Workers Wedding Off

Government tells twitchy employers they might not have to
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 9:36 AM CST
UK to Biz: How to Get Out of Giving Workers Wedding Off
This is one of two official portrait photographs taken on Nov. 25, 2010 in the Cornwall Room in St James's Palace, London to mark the engagement of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.   (AP Photo/Clarence House Press Office/Copyright 2010 Mario Testino, ho)

Among those who have already had it up to here with the impending royal nuptials are British businesses, which might be legally required to give workers the day off. As the Telegraph reports, since England has declared April 29 a public holiday, the majority of the public is entitled to a holiday—but depending on the wording of individual contracts, employers may be able to get out of giving their workers a freebie day, explains a government website.

"If an employee's contract says that they are entitled to, for example, 20 days annual leave in addition to all statutory, bank, and public holidays, this would potentially mean they are entitled to an extra day's paid holiday," it says. Without that wording, employers can feel free to scrooge Prince William and Kate's most devoted. And just in case, the website is launching a new section, "guidance on the impact on staff morale if employers choose not to give them the day off." Sniff.
(Read more Prince William stories.)

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