If we reduce an employee’s hours, what happens to their accrued holiday?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 August 2020
Johanna Cunningham
Arthur Cox
Issues covered: Working Time and Leave; Annual Leave; Calculating Holiday Entitlement/Pay; Part-time Holiday Entitlement

Under regulation 15 and regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (“WTR”), a worker is entitled to a period of 5.6 weeks’ paid leave in each leave year (pro-rated for part-time workers). This entitlement equates to 28 days for those who work 5 days a week and is comprised of a minimum of 4 weeks’ annual leave, as well as the domestic right to an additional 1.6 weeks’ annual leave each year, (the latter representing the number of public holidays in the UK). As such, a part-time worker with reduced hours is entitled to 28 days’ holiday reduced pro-rata, which is usually calculated in accordance with the number of days they work each week.

A worker is entitled to be

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Johanna Cunningham
Arthur Cox

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