Topic Index
Statutory leave
Public and religious holidays
The leave year
Issues to consider
Leave notice
Part-time workers
Termination of employment
Holidays and sickness
Maternity leave



  • Holidays and holiday pay are two of the terms that must be set out in the written statement of terms and conditions of employment or in the contract of employment.
  • Every worker (i.e. not just employees) is entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid statutory leave a year under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). Apart from this, holidays and holiday pay are a contractual matter between employer and employee.
  • Contractual holidays go towards discharging the obligation to give statutory leave and, where a worker has both statutory and contractual leave, he can take advantage of whichever right, in any respect, is the more favourable.
  • It is unlawful to pay holiday pay as part of the hourly rate of pay (so-called 'rolled-up holiday pay'): workers should be paid for their holiday at the time they take it.
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