24th April 2020
The Early May Bank Holiday usually falls on the first Monday of the month. However, this year we are doing things a little differently here in the UK.
This has been done for one very special reason – Friday 8th May, 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
What is VE Day?
Victory in Europe Day, more commonly referred to as VE Day, celebrates the formal acceptance by the allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of armed forces on 8th May 1945.
What Date Would the Bank Holiday Have Fallen On?
The Early May Bank Holiday would usually have fallen on Monday 4th May this year. However, as we approach the 75th Anniversary of such a monumental moment in history, it seems only fitting that we commemorate such an important milestone with none other than a public holiday.
Has Coronavirus Impacted VE Day Celebrations?
In normal circumstances, the whole country would have been out and about, raising a glass in memory of those who sacrificed so much for our future or flocking to London to watch official celebrations. However, due to the current pandemic devastating lives across the world, it goes without saying that those celebrations will have to be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
The Pageantmaster for VE 75 confirmed that the majority of VE Day celebrations will be cancelled, but that he hopes we will be able to move them to the weekend of 15th to 16th August, which marks VJ Day, commemorating the surrender of Imperial Japan during World War II.
Will the Bank Holiday Change Back in Light of Coronavirus?
The short answer is no. While VE Day celebrations are to be postponed until further notice, this years’ Early May Bank Holiday will remain on Friday 8th May. With this being said, people should continue to respect social distancing measures and are being urged not to conduct any form of public celebrations on the VE Day Anniversary.
Managing Bank Holidays in Staff Squared
The change to this year’s Bank Holiday was only announced in June 2019 and so it’s likely that your Bank Holidays had already been imported for 2020, depending on how your holiday year falls.
If this is the case, it could not be easier to edit the date that the Bank Holiday falls on in your company calendar.
Simply head to your Company Settings and open up the Bank Holidays tab.
Once here, locate the Bank Holiday in your Bank Holidays list and click ‘edit’, found to the right of the table.
A pop up will appear which will allow you to amend the date of the Bank Holiday. Once done, click ‘Edit Bank Holiday’ and you will notice that the date has changed in the list shown above. This will automatically update in your company calendar, and any affected holiday bookings will be recalculated to ensure accuracy.
If you haven’t yet added your Bank Holidays, you can do this by selecting the ‘Import your County’s Bank Holidays’ option at the top of your Bank Holidays list. You will be prompted to enter your county into the search bar in the pop-up screen that appears. Once you have imported your Bank Holidays, they will be added to your company calendar and any existing holiday bookings will be adjusted accordingly.
If you are an existing customer or hold a trial account and would like more information on how to manage your Bank Holidays in Staff Squared, head on over to our Knowledge Base where you can find a range of how-to guides. Alternatively, why not contact our Customer Care Team for more information? You can reach us at [email protected] or on 0800 033 7569.
Clarisse works as the Lead of our Customer Care Team to provide our customers with the very best care and guidance when using their HR software and is responsible for our day-to-day marketing activities and strategies.
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