Recharging Your Batteries Over Easter
Easter – a chance to recharge your batteries, or to earn overtime?
For those of us with a sweet tooth, Easter might be a time to indulge in chocolates and other treats. For Christians, it is one of the most important religious festivals of the year – Christmas is the only other religious occasion that is marked by a holiday in the UK. Meanwhile, for employees, Easter can be a chance to have a four-day rest.
Unless you have taken some annual leave, the chances are you have been working solidly ever since the start of the year. There are no public holidays between New Year and Easter, and this year the Easter weekend is quite late – Good Friday is April 14 and Easter Monday is April 17.
Unless you work in a customer-facing occupation, it is likely that you will in effect get a four-day weekend over Easter. Good Friday and Easter Monday are two of the eight days of the year classed as Bank Holidays, and whilst full-time employees in the UK are entitled to at least 28 days paid leave per year, your company can insist that eight of these are taken on the Bank Holiday dates.
So, a four-day Easter weekend could be the ideal chance to recharge your batteries, especially if you have put in a full working week throughout the year so far. The Thursday evening prior to Good Friday is a common time to hold work-based social events.
However, you may find that, even if there is no requirement to come to work over the holiday, your employer is offering paid overtime at Easter. If this is the case, then coming into work on Good Friday and Easter Monday can be very lucrative. As Monday and Friday form part of the usual working week, you are in effect already being paid for these days. If you can then earn overtime at say, time and a half, you could be said to be earning 2.5 times your normal wage for these days.
Before deciding to work any Easter overtime, check first what rate of pay your company is offering. There is no legal requirement to pay extra for overtime, and especially if you are in a senior role, there may be no provision for any overtime pay in your contract of employment.