Holidays and holiday pay

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, full-time workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ annual leave in each leave year.

The calculation of holiday pay has been a major issue for employers in recent years. The trend has been for courts and tribunals to find that more than just base pay has to be included in holiday pay. This includes regular overtime and commission payments.


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Holiday pay: regular voluntary overtime included, says EAT

Payments for purely voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay if they are regular enough to constitute “normal pay”,...

The question of whether to enhance shared parental pay for fathers has featured in case law this year

Six important employment law cases in 2017

28 Jul 2017

The decision by the Supreme Court that the employment tribunal fees system is unlawful may be one of the most...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Dependent contractor status proposed in Taylor review

10 Jul 2017

An alternative worker status – dependent contractor – will be proposed by the Taylor review tomorrow alongside calls for new...

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The heat is on: six summer employment issues

19 Jun 2017

With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the next few days, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...

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Payment for leave not taken carries over, says ECJ legal advice

9 Jun 2017

If an employer does not provide a worker with paid leave, that worker’s right to it carries over until they...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2017: Some other substantial reason

5 Jun 2017

Perhaps the general election means that the collective HR consciousness has its mind elsewhere, or maybe it’s the effect of...

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Holiday pay: ambulance workers win overtime claim

31 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that ambulance workers’ compulsory overtime in respect of “shift overruns” should be included in the...

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Zero hours workers assume no entitlement to paid holiday

9 May 2017

Half of people on zero hours contracts wrongly believe that they are not entitled to paid holidays, research by Citizens...

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Short-term sickness absence policy: a 15-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

Putting together a short-term sickness absence policy can be one of the most daunting tasks an HR professional can face....

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Long-term sickness absence policy: a 16-step guide for HR

3 May 2017

A watertight long-term sickness absence policy can give employees who are off work for an extended period the best chance...

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ECJ considers holiday carry-over beyond sick leave

30 Mar 2017

A worker’s annual leave can be carried over into the following holiday year if sickness absence prevents holiday from being...

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British Gas refused right to appeal in Lock holiday pay commission case

28 Feb 2017

British Gas has been refused leave to appeal by the Supreme Court in the long-running case regarding the payment of...

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Annual leave entitlement: Take part in our survey

15 Feb 2017

XpertHR is running a short benchmarking survey on the annual leave entitlements offered by UK employers.
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