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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Taking less than three weeks’ holiday a year could result in early death, even if a healthy lifestyle is maintained,...

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1 Jun 2018

Many HR professionals will have spent months preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Now it is finally in...

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25 May 2018

Two in five UK employees (40%) took a maximum of just half of their annual leave entitlement during the past...

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EAT upholds claim that Addison Lee courier was worker

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