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.


Betfred staff hit by holiday pay error

Bookmaker Betfred has hit by a payroll issue affecting holiday pay for staff who had worked overtime.
The company’s automated...

Young and old most likely to miss out on paid holiday and payslips

16 Sep 2019

The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...

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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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Give workers more holiday to stimulate economic growth, report urges

12 Aug 2019

Increasing minimum holiday entitlement and wages would help solve the UK’s productivity crisis and stimulate economic growth, a think tank...

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Holiday pay for ‘term-time’ workers should not be pro-rated

6 Aug 2019

Holiday pay for permanent staff who only work part of the year – such as term-time workers – should be...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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More women miss out on paid leave than men

22 Jul 2019

One in 14 UK workers are not receiving their legal holiday entitlement, with more than one million people not getting any paid leave at all 

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Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Molson Coors offers staff two weeks’ paid ‘life leave’

8 Jul 2019

Molson Coors Brewing Company is offering staff up to two weeks’ extra paid annual leave to be used for significant...

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Hunt threatens to cancel civil servants’ August annual leave

2 Jul 2019

Conservative leadership contender Jeremy Hunt has threatened to cancel all August annual leave across the civil service in order to...

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Top 10 HR questions June 2019: Ex-employee grievances

2 Jul 2019

Can an employer ignore a grievance if the employee no longer works for the organisation?
The most popular FAQ on...

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Include regular voluntary overtime in holiday pay, judge rules

10 Jun 2019

Employers must now consider any voluntary overtime that is taken regularly in holiday pay calculations

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Outsourced government workers strike over pay

22 May 2019

Outsourced workers at two government departments are striking over low pay and changes to pay cycles which a union has...

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Top 10 HR questions April 2019: Maximum compensation, holiday entitlement and positive action

2 May 2019

The annual increase to the limits on compensation that can be awarded in an...

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Pimlico’s Charlie Mullins: Gig economy reform needed, but don’t vilify us

10 Apr 2019

The name Pimlico Plumbers has become synonymous with the gig economy and workers’ rights over the past eight years. And...

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