Disagreements over holidays and holiday pay are common. Every year our Workplace Information Service gets hundreds of calls about leave issues and the calculation of leave entitlements.

  • Most workers - whether part-time or full-time - are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave.  
  • Additional annual leave may be agreed as part of a worker's contract.  
  • A week's leave should allow workers to be away from work for a week - i.e. it should be the same amount of time as the working week.  
  • If a worker does a five-day week, he or she is entitled to 28 days leave.
  • If he or she does a three-day week, the entitlement is 16.8 days leave.
  • Employers can set the times that workers take their leave, for example for a Christmas shutdown.
  • Workers must give their employer notice when they want to take leave.
  • If a worker's employment ends, he or she has a right to be paid for the leave time due and not taken.

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