Get holiday pay right, says the Government!

The Government has launched a campaign to prevent workers being “short-changed” over their holiday pay. As reported by 121 – there is an alarming lack of awareness” about entitlement.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released new guidelines and an online entitlement calculator to make it easier for both employers and workers to calculate holiday pay, but has said the responsibility ultimately lies with businesses to ensure pay is correct.

According to an independent survey of 2,000 workers half of all workers incorrectly thought those on zero-hours contracts were not entitled to holiday pay. In addition, more than half incorrectly thought they had to work for three months before they were entitled to holiday pay.

Legally, every hour worked accrues an entitlement to paid time off, and almost all workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year. This includes atypical workers on zero-hours contracts, agency workers and those who are on contracts that entail irregular hours.

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