Essential points

  • The minimum amount of annual leave which an employer must provide to a full-time worker is currently 28 days a year (or 5.6 weeks).
  • The rules extend to employees and all workers covered by the Working Time Regulations 1998, including agency workers. Irregular hours and part year workers are also covered by the regulations, under certain conditions.
  • Employers should ensure that workers receive their normal pay when on annual leave, which normally means ensuring that holiday pay takes commission, overtime, bonuses and other allowances into account .
  • Bank or public holidays including Christmas and Easter can be counted towards the annual holiday entitlement.

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