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.


How should employers deal with the holiday conundrum?

With millions rolling over annual leave in the hope of holiday later in the year are firms storing up problems for themselves, particularly as burnout takes its toll?

Former Pimlico Plumbers worker not entitled to holiday pay

17 Mar 2021

An engineer who claimed he was owed holiday pay by Pimlico Plumbers has lost his latest Employment Appeal Tribunal case.

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Uber agrees to give drivers minimum wage and employment rights

17 Mar 2021

Following the Supreme Court ruling that its drivers are workers, Uber is giving its UK drivers a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and pensions.

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Eight-fold increase in leave requests after roadmap announcement

24 Feb 2021

The announcement about lockdown easing plans prompted a boom in annual leave requests.

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Brexit: Which EU employment rules could be up for review?

17 Feb 2021

Although the government's review of employment rights has been shelved, which laws could it seek to amend in theory?

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Kwasi Kwarteng: workers’ rights review will not go ahead

28 Jan 2021

Business secretary says review of workers' rights has been scrapped; Matthew Taylor sounds alarm about future of labour market enforcement role.

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Brexit and UK employment law

20 Jan 2021

Now that the UK and the EU have agreed on the position of the UK post-Brexit, HR is left wondering...

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Workers’ rights may be looked at, business secretary confirms

19 Jan 2021

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the government is looking at workers’ rights now that the UK does not...

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Business secretary denies plans to rip-up workers’ rights

15 Jan 2021

Kwasi Kwarteng has denied reports that government wants to scrap the 48-hour limit, regulations on rest periods and other elements of the EU Working Time Directive

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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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Retail giants under pressure to remain closed on Boxing Day

10 Dec 2020

Asda has announced it will not open on Boxing Day, joining Marks & Spencer and Wickes.

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Top 10 HR questions November 2020: furlough, sponsor licences

3 Dec 2020

The extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which was due to close at the end of October, means that...

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Facing an annual leave backlog? Employers’ questions answered

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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Top 10 HR questions August 2020: Returning to work and quarantine

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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Top 10 HR Questions July 2020: Redundancy and furlough

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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