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LOCAL INFORMATION

6.3.2.L1
Public / Bank Holidays

Extent: Jersey
Updated 15 September 2016
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Words you may need to know

 

Categories - a group or set of things, people, or actions that are classified together because of common characteristics

Characteristics - a feature or quality that makes somebody or something recognisable

Established – set up, created

Statutory - legal, law made by Government

Common law - law made through judgements in the courts

Observed - to carry out or comply with something

Declaration - formal public statement

Precedents - a decision which can be used in the future to decide an outcome

Confirmed - established as true

Union – a group of workers set up to make sure that workers’ rights are observed

Shift worker – eg in a hospital where nurses are needed 24 hours a day there will be  a number of shifts and a nurse might work ‘a shift’ from 7am – 2pm and the next one works ‘a shift’ from 2pm – 9pm etc

 

Public and Bank Holidays

These comprise two categories:

Common Law Holidays:-

  • Good Friday
  • Christmas Day

Statutory Public Holidays (also known as Bank Holidays):- Established under the Public Holidays and Bank Holidays (Jersey) Act 2010, as amended

New Year's Day

1.      1st January is to be observed as a public holiday if it is a weekday

2.      If 1st January is a Saturday, Monday 3rd of January is to be observed as a public holiday

3.      If 1st January is a Sunday, Monday 2nd January is to be observed as a public holiday


Easter Monday is to be observed as a public holiday

May

1.      The first Monday in May is to be observed as a public holiday

2.      Liberation Day (9th May) is to be observed as a public holiday if it is a weekday or Saturday

3.      The last Monday in May is to be observed as a public holiday

4.      August -  The last Monday in August is to be observed as a public holiday

Boxing Day

1.      26th December is to be observed as a public holiday if it is a weekday

2.      If 26th December is a Saturday, Monday 28th December is to be observed as a public holiday

3.      If 26th December is a Sunday, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th December are to be observed as public holidays

4.      If 26th December is a Monday, Tuesday 27th December is also to be observed as a public holiday

Jersey usually makes the same days in Jersey a public holiday as they are in the UK, with the addition of Liberation Day as an extra day.

Most union agreements require that those who usually work on Saturdays are paid the usual Saturday hourly rate, while those who have to work on the following Monday are paid at Bank Holiday rate.

Also see precedents set by the Jersey Employment Tribunal regarding shift workers on their website http://www.jerseyemploymenttribunal.org/

Public/Bank holidays for the year are usually noted in diaries, but may also be confirmed by checking with the States Greffe, or the Chamber of Commerce.