Will Monday be a Bank Holiday if England win the Euros?

ENGLAND will play in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday for the first time in 55 years.

The home team will face Italy in a sold-out clash at Wembley, with kick off set for 8pm.

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Brits painted the town red on Wednesday after England's 2-1 victory against Denmark causing worse-for-wear fans to call in sick on Thursday.

Millions are expected to watch the game over the weekend and the celebrations will be massive if we win.

But all the celebrations could mean some sore heads on Monday, so will we get the day off?

While the Government has ruled out springing a Bank Holiday on Monday if England win, Boris Johnson is reported to be considering scheduling in one for August.

Bank holidays: 2021

Bank Holiday dates already passed:

  • Friday, January 1
  • Friday, April 2
  • Monday, April 5
  • Monday, May 3
  • Monday, May 31

Upcoming Bank Holiday dates:

  • Monday, August 30 – Summer bank holiday – or Monday, August 2, for those in Scotland
  • Monday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)
  • Tuesday, December 28 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

It comes as a whopping 300,000 footie-mad Brits have signed a petition calling for a bank holiday this Monday if we beat Italy in the finals.

While Chancellor Rishi Sunak predicted a victory will fuel a mini economic boom as euphoric fans go on a spending splurge.

We hate to break it to readers, but turning Monday into a Bank Holiday in the case of a Three lions victory is unlikely.

It's more likely that some employers could choose to let their staff have the day off or start lateinstead.

Some firms and schools, including Lidl, are letting staff and pupils start later on Monday to give them a chance to recover from the celebrations.

We explain everything you need to know about how a day-off following the game could work.

Will we get an extra Bank Holiday if we win?

Judging by the reaction to England knocking Denmark out of the competition last night, there will be plenty of sore heads across the country if England win again on Sunday.

There are hopes that the government will announce a national day off for July 12 if England are victorious.

Unfortunately there are set rules in place for the government to grant a bank holiday. Given how soon the final is, it seems unlikely.

However, companies could take the opportunity to reward their workers with a day off – particularly following such a difficult year.

Marcus Beaver, UK and Ireland country leader at Alight Solutions, previously said: “Businesses who offer Euros-related leave could reap the rewards of an appreciative and motivated workforce.

"All businesses can’t do this by any means, but it could be a wise move for some, who want to give staff morale a boost and demonstrate that the C-suite [executives] genuinely cares about workers on the ground."

What is statutory sick pay (SSP)?

IF you’re too sick to work, you may qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP) from your employer.

To qualify for sick pay, you must work for an employer and earn on average at least £120 per week (£6,240 per year).

The weekly rate for statutory sick pay is £95.85 for up to 28 weeks, although most employers will pay more than this.

From April 16, employers were told to start paying sick pay to those who were shielding from the first day an employee was off work.

Businesses didn't have to pay any money for someone who was shielding before this date. This scheme ended on August 1. 

To qualify, you will need to have been off work due to illness or self-isolate due to coronavirus for at least four days in a row. 

You won't qualify if you've already received the maximum amount of pay – which is 28 weeks.

You also won't qualify if you're getting Statutory Maternity Pay.

Can you ask for the time off?

BrightHR saw a 322% increase in annual leave requests for Monday since England's victory against Denmark, compared to people requesting the same day off last week.

You've got nothing to lose by asking for the Monday following the match off, work, but it's not guaranteed until it's been confirmed by your employer.

The statutory notice period for taking leave is at least twice as long as the amount of leave a worker wants to take, plus 1 day.

For example, to take the Monday following the match off, you would have to give 3 days’ notice for 1 day’s leave.

But an employer can refuse a leave request or cancel leave if give as much notice as the amount of leave requested, plus one day.

You should also bear in mind that your employer may have their own rules about annual leave.

They may require a longer notice period or have restrictions on how many people on your team can be off at once.

Bill Richards, UK managing director at Indeed, previously said: "Football fans wanting to take time off work to cheer on Gareth Southgate’s team would be wise to have those conversations with their managers as soon as possible. 

“Although most 9-5 workers are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave a year — with part-time workers permitted to fewer days off — employers are not obliged to accept holiday requests and might take a dim view of last minute proposals."

What are your rights on sick days?

It could be tempting to take a day off work sick after an evening celebrating the football results.

However, if your employer suspects that you're not genuinely ill the day after England wins the Euros, there could be serious repercussions.

This could lead to disciplinary action and even dismissal.

The Sun reported how one worker was fired from her job after pulling a sickie to go to the Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark.

Her boss insisted he had "no choice" due to her lies after she was spotted celebrating on the TV.

Matt Gingell, managing partner of law firm Lombards, said: "Employers could take disciplinary action and it could amount to gross misconduct."

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