Holiday
Holiday

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Holiday
  • Eligibility for statutory holiday
  • Agency workers
  • Exclusions and partial exclusions
  • Agricultural workers
  • No minimum period of continuous service required
  • Statutory holiday entitlement
  • 5.6 weeks' annual leave each leave year
  • The leave year
  • Additional annual leave
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: Brexit and IP completion day—implications for employment lawyers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Issues relating to holiday and holiday pay during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are considered in Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—holiday and holiday pay.

The right to take time off from work for holidays may arise under contract or statute. Holiday benefits both employers and workers by allowing workers a period of relaxation and recuperation.

This Practice Note sets out the law applicable to statutory and contractual holiday and explains some of the issues that arise in practice in relation to holiday, such as how the right to holiday interacts with rights to other statutory leave. The note also identifies when the use of a relevant agreement to vary or exclude rights is permitted.

Entitlement to pay for holiday (and pay in lieu of holiday), as opposed to entitlement to holiday itself, is considered in Practice Note: Holiday pay.

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