Workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual holiday (i.e. 28 days for a worker who works five days a week).
Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833), workers have the legal right to a minimum of four weeks’ paid holiday. Regulation 13A – brought into force by the Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/2079), introduced entitlement to a further period of 1.6 weeks’ annual leave. The minimum 5.6 weeks’ paid leave can include any paid time off in respect of bank and public holidays.
The method for calculating the amount to be paid is laid down by statute; e.g. for workers whose remuneration and hours are the same every week, a week’s pay is the amount payable per week under their contract. An employee who begins employment part way through a leave year is entitled to a proportion of the annual leave equal to the proportion of the leave year that is left to run.
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