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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - Can we require employees to take annual leave at certain times?
    Yes. In fact, this practice is common within a number of business sectors, which often shut down at certain times of year, e.g. Christmas. However, if you want to do this you'll need to ensure that your employment contracts (and any holidays policy) clearly set out the shutdown and confirm that employees are required to take some of their annual leave to cover this period. Tip. At the start of each holiday year, confirm the shutdown dates for that year to staff in writing, and advise them that they need to ensure...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - How should we calculate Bank Holiday entitlement for part-time employees?
    The easiest and safest way of doing this is to give your part-time employees a pro rata entitlement to bank holidays depending on the number of hours or days they work in a week. This can be done by using the following formula: Days worked ÷ 5 days x 8 bank holidays = Entitlement (in days) or Hours worked ÷ total number of full-time working hours x 8 bank holidays = Entitlement (in hours) So if a part-timer works 2½ days per week, they're entitled to four bank holidays (or equivalent extra days of annual...
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - What is the latest on rolled-up holiday pay - can we pay it or not?
    The European Court of Justice has stated that rolled-up holiday is unlawful. However, while rolled-up holiday pay is unlawful, setting off holiday pay against any future payments due at the proper time may be appropriate if made in a transparent and comprehensible manner and where it is clear that these are a genuine addition to wages that represent holiday pay. This may be satisfied by including the percentage (or ideally the precise amount) that counts as holiday pay on a worker's payslip. That said, to minimise...
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