Linklaters is launching an initiative to give UK employees flexible public holiday options.
From 1 May, staff will be able to opt-in to the global law firm’s UK Bank Holiday Exchange Scheme, allowing them to exchange up to three bank holidays for days off at other times within the same leave year. The days that can be flexed include Good Friday, Easter Monday and the August bank holiday.
According to Linklaters, the move is an expansion on its commitment to “creating a supportive and inclusive culture – enabling people to have more flexibility to celebrate the religious and cultural observances that are important to them, without having to take annual leave”.
Angela Ogilvie, chief HR officer at Linklaters, said: “We know that flexibility and agility at work is important to our colleagues, and it supports our inclusive culture. This scheme reflects the diversity of cultural and religious events celebrated across the firm and enables people to flex their UK bank holidays to mark those events that are most meaningful to them, without having to take annual leave.”
The company’s new scheme follows the introduction of a Neurodiversity Assessment and Support Service earlier this month (March), a global menopause and support package in May 2022 and a staff wellbeing app in July 2021.