Salon Christmas Working Hours Explained…

As we officially leave Summer and head at full speed into Autumn, the next hot topic from your team will be what the salon Christmas working hours should be.

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, which always throws doubts into how you should pay your staff.
I have asked Employment law specialist David Wright to give an insight into your legal requirements this year.

Being prepared and well informed in advance, gives you credibility so that you can eliminate any doubts well in advance.

You can now start planning with David’s Advice…

David Wright
David Wright – Employment Law Specialist

Saturday 24th December is a normal day Sunday 25th is Christmas Day for those staff who would normally work on a Sunday and would have worked. They are paid and use a days’ holiday.

Monday 26th is Boxing Day, if an employee normally works a Monday and the business is closed then they are paid and use a days’ holiday.

* Tuesday 27th is the substitute Christmas day for staff who don’t normally work a Sunday.
* If you have staff that work on a Sunday then they have had their Christmas Day and Tuesday is a normal working day. If Sunday isn’t a working day then, if you close on the 27th, staff who normally work a Tuesday are paid and use a days’ holiday.
The same principle applies on New Years Day which is a Sunday. The substitute for staff who don’t work a Sunday is Monday the 2nd In Scotland where the 2nd is a bank holiday that transfers to Tuesday the 3rd.


Here are a couple of examples:

Example 1
Helen is employed to work 3 days a week Monday to Wednesday.
She doesn’t work Sunday 25th so Boxing Day is the 26th and Tuesday is the substitute Christmas day. Assuming the salon is closed on 26th and 27th Helen is paid for 2 days and uses 2 days holiday entitlement.

Example 2
Sandra works Friday and Saturday. Neither of the bank holidays fall on her working days so she isn’t paid, she doesn’t get a lieu day and doesn’t use any holiday.

David Wright writes a monthly article for Professional Beauty Magazine.
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Here’s to your salon’s success,

Susan x

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