The Working Time Regulations, which came into effect on 1 October 1998 (on 23 November 1998 in Northern Ireland), provide for paid holiday each year for all workers. All workers are covered, irrespective of the hours that they work and whether or not they are referred to as “employees”. Even self-employed workers are covered if they undertake to carry out work personally and the relationship is not genuinely one of a client/contractor or customer on the one part and a profession or business undertaking on the other.

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