Monday, 19 October 2009

New Minimum Holiday Entitlement

October has been a busy month for changes in legislation. One of these is the increase in holiday entitlement from 24 to 28 days (5.6 weeks) including bank holidays.

The 28 day entitlement applies to those of us working a full 5 day week. This is applied pro rata to those on part time hours. (For example, 22.4 days, for anyone on a four day week).

Other holiday pay basics are as follows:
  • Holiday starts to accrue as soon as an employee begins work.
  • The employer can control when the holdiay is taken.
  • Employees are entitled to normal pay whilst on holiday.
  • When an employee leaves, they are entitled to be paid for holiday accrued but not taken.
  • Bank & public holidays can be included in the annual entitlement.
  • An employee continues to be entitled to their holiday leave throughout their ordinary and additional maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave.