Annual hours

Annual hours are the total hours worked by an employee or worker in a calendar year.

Under an annualised hours contract, an employee's hours are expressed as a total number of hours to be worked during the course of the year. The hours actually worked are likely to fluctuate from week to week and month to month.

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Updated guidance in light of how employers should handle bank holidays for furloughed staff, and an additional public holiday in 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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Five employment law cases that will shape 2021

13 Jan 2021

Stephen Simpson looks at five important employment law cases that will grab the headlines in 2021, covering significant issues such...

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Four-day week could boost jobs in Spain

7 Dec 2020

Spain: a four-day week is being considered as a measure that could boost jobs, productivity and help the country recover from the economic damage of the pandemic.

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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Labour spells out plans for four-day working week

23 Sep 2019

A future Labour government would reduce the average working week to 32 hours, shadow councillor John McDonnell has told delegates at the party's Brighton conference.

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Top 10 HR questions August 2019: term-time holiday calculations

3 Sep 2019

How should you calculate holiday pay for a term-time worker without regular hours?
A recent Court of Appeal decision, The...

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Annual leave

Congratulation leave? Unusual types of leave from around the world

14 Jan 2016

Anyone thinking that the UK’s upcoming grandparental leave is unnecessary meddling by law-makers should look beyond these shores at the...

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Tribunal watch: Sex discrimination against flexible working single parent

23 Mar 2015

An employment tribunal has held that Greater Manchester Police committed sex discrimination against a female police officer when it amended...

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How should employers manage workers on annualised hours contracts?

Annualised hours contracts: five key steps for HR

3 Nov 2014

Annual or annualised hours contracts can be beneficial for both employers and employees, but HR professionals need to manage them...

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Shift work and fatigue – and the possible consequences

3 Feb 2014

Fatigue can have far-reaching implications in the workplace. John Wilkinson, who was involved in the investigation that took place following...

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We have the national minimum wage, now we need national minimum hours

7 Sep 2012

Amid recent news reports of an increase in employers’ use of zero-hours contracts, Sarah Veale, TUC head of equalities and...

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Employees sick while on annual leave can retake time off

21 Jun 2012

Employees who fall sick during their annual leave have the right to re-take that annual leave a later date, irrespective...

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Night-shift workers warned of health risks

20 Apr 2011

The Government is being urged to limit the length of night shifts to eight hours, after a study warned that...

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Working hours on the rise after employees endure enforced ‘detox’

2 Aug 2010

Working hours are on the rise again after the recession and cost-saving measures implemented by employers led to a forced...

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Long hours at work increases risk of heart attacks

12 May 2010

People who regularly work 10- to 12-hour days increase their risk of a heart attack by two-thirds, research has found....

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