Should an employer insist that holiday is taken?

Employees have the right to a minimum of 5.6 weeks' annual leave, but there is no statutory obligation on employers to insist that they take this, if the employees do not request holiday. However, employers do have a duty to take reasonable care of the health and welfare of their employees and it is good practice for employers to encourage employees to plan and take their holiday entitlement in each annual leave year. A claim for damages arising out of an accident at work or work-related stress could turn on evidence of the employer's failure to ensure that the worker took the holiday and rest breaks to which he or she was entitled.