Disagreements over holidays and holiday pay are common. Every year our Enquiry Point gets hundreds of calls about summer and Christmas holidays and time-off at bank holidays.
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 and 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.
Information note - Holidays and holiday pay
Employers - Know how much holiday to give your staff