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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24 Sep 2020

After the government’s announcement this week that stricter coronavirus restrictions could be in place for a further six months –...

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2 Sep 2020

The summer holiday season raised questions for employers about the impact of self-isolating and quarantining after returning from abroad. A...

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6 Aug 2020

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on the economy and as funding through the furlough scheme is gradually withdrawn, many...

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Coronavirus and travel: seven questions about quarantine

28 Jul 2020

On Saturday, the government announced that anyone returning from Spain, including the Balearics and Canaries, must self-isolate on their return...

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Spanish holidays: how should employers handle staff quarantine?

27 Jul 2020

Employers should prepare policies that outline how they will handle employees who are forced to quarantine after travelling abroad.

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Pay rise budgets axed as employers slash costs

9 Jul 2020

Insurance, banking and financial services among sectors where pay and conditions are least affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

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Last-minute holiday requests likely during heatwave

23 Jun 2020

HR teams may find themselves experiencing an influx of last-minute requests for annual leave this week, with temperatures set to...

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EY to shut offices for a day so staff can catch up on leave

17 Jun 2020

Consulting and accountancy firm EY will shut its UK offices on 3 July to help ensure staff use up their...

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Government considers additional bank holiday in October

20 May 2020

The government is considering a one-off, additional public holiday to help compensate the tourism industry’s lost revenue for the bank...

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BEIS clarifies furlough holiday rules for staff and temps

14 May 2020

CJRS does not alter the position as to whether or not agency workers are entitled to accrue holiday.

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Top 10 HR questions April 2020: Furlough and annual leave

4 May 2020

The government has provided some clarification on the relationship between furlough and annual leave.
The Easter bank holidays falling shortly...

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How to handle annual leave during lockdown

1 May 2020

With no real clarity as to when businesses can fully open again or how long lockdown measures will last, it...

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70% of firms have furloughed staff

22 Apr 2020

More than 70% of companies had furloughed some employees last week, days before HM Revenue & Customs’ portal for the...

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Hairdresser wins £20k after being asked to clean up dog excrement

21 Apr 2020

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...

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