First Tuesday Q&A

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We have a number of staff carrying over a lot of annual leave. Can we insist on the annual leave being taken within the year or do we have to allow them to carry the leave? Over the years the taking of annual leave within the year has never been enforced.

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/09/2012 Under the Working Time legislation in the UK, an employee is entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year. A worker must take 4 weeks of that holiday entitlement in the relevant holiday year or they will lose their entitlement to it. He or she should also use the additional 1.6 weeks’ holiday...
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Working Time and Leave

Does a pregnant employee lose her entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay if she is made redundant before she goes on maternity leave? What happens if the business has become insolvent? What happens if the employee was entitled to a contractual enhanced maternity payment?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 07/08/2012 If a woman has qualified for SMP from you then you are still liable to continue to pay SMP to her where she leaves your employ for whatever reason including redundancy. However if, after the baby is born, your employee or ex-employee starts work for another employer who did not employ her in the 15...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

Where an employee is leaving the organisation, is it possible for the employer to require him/her to take any outstanding annual leave during the notice period? Is it necessary to particularly express in the contract that the employee may be required to take annual leave during their notice period?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/07/2012 It can be a source of frustration to employers that, almost whatever the circumstances of termination of employment, the employee is entitled under the Working Time Regulations (WTR) to be paid in lieu of accrued, but untaken, holiday. It is the one exception to the overriding purpose of the WTR wh...
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Working Time and Leave

Could you please set out any special conditions or issues in relation to seasonal workers’ terms and conditions of employment?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/05/2012 A seasonal or fixed-term employee will have the same legal entitlements as permanent employees, but their continuity of service will usually be broken at the end of each season/contract period. This means that the seasonal employee may not have a long enough continuous service for certain employmen...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave A-Typical Working

Instead of paying for overtime, some employers offer 'time off in lieu' (TOIL). Presumably, this arrangement must be contained in the employees’ terms and conditions of employment or their Employee Handbook, and typically the time an employee takes off in lieu will be at a time that suits the employer and must be signed off by the employee’s line manager?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/03/2012 There are no legal provisions as to how much time in lieu an employer may offer its employees but it would normally be the time equal to the amount worked, but some do offer more or a mixture of overtime pay and time off in lieu. If, as suggested in the question, the employer wanted to offer more t...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave

Is annual leave accrued on a period of paid suspension? If an employee is suspended from work pending a disciplinary investigation, is there an entitlement to accrue annual leave? Ideally we would like to adjust our annual leave policy to state that whilst on paid suspension you do not accrue annual leave.

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 06/03/2012 Yes. During any period of paid disciplinary suspension, the contract of employment continues and it is normally the case that employees who are suspended under disciplinary policies are required to be available to their employer. As such, annual leave entitlement continues to accrue in the usual wa...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Working Time and Leave

If employer allows full-time staff to reduce their working week to, for example, 30 hours per week, how is holiday entitlement calculated, especially if the employee works Monday to Thursday? And what about public holiday entitlement?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 03/01/2012 Part-time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ statutory leave in the same way as any other worker and although the Working Time Regulations do not define what is meant by a week’s leave, the established view is that this involves the worker being away from work for a week. For example, if a worker...
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Working Time and Leave A-Typical Working

We have a member of staff employed part-time and the role is getting much busier. Do we have to offer this member full-time work or can we employ another part-time employee?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/11/2011 I assume that this query relates to an extension of the employee’s hours rather than the creation of a new role. This being the case, the best way to approach this would be to consult with the employee to establish whether the employee can or wishes to extend his/her hours. The employee should be a...
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Contracts of Employment Working Time and Leave