Keywords: “Part-year” workers, holiday accrual, average earnings

Summary

Article 7 of the EU’s Working Time Directive outlines that workers in Member States should be provided at least four weeks of paid annual leave in one leave year. In Great Britain, the Working Time Regulations 1998 provide workers a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid annual leave. The regulations dictate that workers should be paid at the rate of a week’s pay in relation to each week of leave. If workers do not have normal working hours, s.224 of the Employment Rights Act outlines that their holiday pay is calculated by averaging their weekly pay over the previous 12 weeks.

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