Absence, Leave and Holiday Entitlement: In-depth


This topic covers issues such as holiday entitlement and holiday pay, sickness absence and how to manage it effectively and various rights to time off work with or without pay. It does not cover family leave or statutory sick pay. For information on these topics please see the Maternity and Family Rights topic or the Statutory Sick Pay section of the Pay and Benefits topic.

Employers' Duties

Employers must:

  • ensure that all workers are able to take at least 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday each year

  • ensure that workers are paid their normal level of pay during periods of holiday leave

  • make all holiday policies clear to staff, including any rights to public holidays

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