Commentary and insights

All items: Annual leave and holiday pay

  • New holiday pay provisions - regulations in need of reform

    11 April 2024

    The Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 were intended to simplify the calculation of holiday pay and entitlement following the UK's departure from the EU. But they seem to have brought as much confusion as clarity. Darren Newman provides some guidance.

  • Why some employers must provide extra holiday in 2024

    22 March 2024

    As a result of how the Easter bank holidays fall in 2024 and 2025, some employers will breach their employees' annual leave rights unless they furnish them with an extra day's annual leave.

  • Changes to holiday entitlement and pay in 2024: What does HR need to know?

    16 November 2023

    A number of changes to holiday entitlement and pay are due to come in next year, especially for workers with irregular hours and part-year workers. We look at what HR needs to know to be ready for the developments. 

  • Employment law 2023: six key tasks for HR

    13 January 2023

    We look at what HR needs to do to meet its employment law obligations and prepare for the coming year.

  • World Cup 2022: Employers' guide to the workplace implications

    9 November 2022

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar sees 32 nations taking part in 64 matches from Sunday 20 November until Sunday 18 December. Employers should plan ahead to make the most of the impact that this large sporting event can have on staff mental health and morale, while also planning ahead to minimise disruption.

  • Bank holidays: Six things employers need to know

    7 November 2022

    What is the legal position when an extra bank holiday is granted, for example to celebrate the King's coronation? Are employees entitled to extra pay for working on bank holidays? What does an employer do if an employee refuses to work on a bank holiday? How should bank holidays be managed for part-time employees? Public holidays can raise a myriad of issues for employers - we explain how to deal with some of the most common.

  • Queen Elizabeth II national mourning: Five HR issues

    12 September 2022

    As we enter the period of national mourning since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, how should employers deal with practical issues such as short-notice holiday requests or time off to pay respects?

  • Queen's Platinum Jubilee holiday: Issues for employers

    9 May 2022

    In 2022, the late May bank holiday has been moved to Thursday 2 June and there is an additional bank holiday on Friday 3 June, creating a four-day weekend to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. What does the long weekend of celebrations across the UK mean for employers?

  • Five potential HR holiday dilemmas this summer

    25 May 2021

    As restrictions on international travel ease, we highlight five potential annual leave issues that employers could face this summer and explain how HR professionals can tackle them.

  • Holiday pay calculation and back payments

    8 August 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the latest rulings in a long line of holiday pay cases, including one with significant back-pay implications for Northern Ireland employers. He also explains why the issue of lengthy back-pay periods may not yet be completely resolved for employers in the rest of the UK.

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Commentary and insights: HR and legal information and guidance relating to annual leave and holiday pay.