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Holiday pay and holiday entitlements

Holiday pay and holiday entitlements are one of the key employee rights and the right to holiday. Most of the rules governing holiday entitlement and pay are set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998. Some of the rules can be complex! Our employment advisers are experts in advising businesses and employees on their employment law rights, so do give us a call if you have any questions.

Holiday: the basic rights

  • Employees and workers have a right to 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave as a minimum requirement. This is known as statutory holiday entitlement.
  • Some employers however will allow employees more holiday entitlement than the statutory minimum and this is known as contractual holiday entitlement.
  • Workers who work part-time are entitled to the same holiday entitlement calculated on a ‘pro rata’ basis.
  • Employers or workers who leave part way through a holiday year are entitled to be paid for any accrued but untaken holiday pay. Conversely any employee who takes more than their accrued entitlement may have to refund the employer!

Contact Ironmonger Curtis with Bell & Buxton Employment Solicitors for further information.


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