Editor's message: In addition to holiday requests, employers may receive employee requests for time off work for a number of other reasons.
Employees have a statutory right to take time off for various purposes such as for public and trade union duties and parental and dependant responsibilities. While the majority of these rights are applicable only to employees, some are available to all workers. The time off may be paid or unpaid depending on the extent of the statutory entitlement.
Recent changes in the law have expanded the statutory rights to time off in the family-friendly field. Now, the partner of a pregnant woman has the right to unpaid time off to accompany her to an antenatal appointment and adoptive parents may have paid or unpaid time off to attend adoption appointments.
Fiona Cuming, employment law editor
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The Advocate General has taken the view that where an employer has not provided a worker with paid leave, the worker's right to paid leave carries over until he or she has the opportunity to exercise it and, on termination of the engagement, the worker has the right to payment in lieu of any leave that is outstanding.
Updated to include information on the Advocate General's opinion in The Sash Window Workshop Ltd and another v King, which considered whether or not a worker is entitled to receive pay in respect of accrued holiday not taken in previous years.
Cases on appeal provides news on key case law developments that are expected.
An employment tribunal has held that ambulance workers' non-guaranteed overtime in respect of "shift overruns" should be included in the calculation of their holiday pay, but that on the facts of this case purely voluntary overtime does not have to be included.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has refused to interfere with the earlier EAT decision limiting the potential for claims for historical non-payment of holiday pay.
Half of people on zero hours contracts wrongly believe that they are not entitled to paid holidays, research by Citizens Advice has revealed.
In this week's podcast, we discuss the key findings of our new research on employers' annual leave offerings and explain how employers are working out holiday pay in the light of the glut of case law in recent years.
XpertHR research looks at annual leave provision, how employers calculate holiday pay, and arrangements for unused holiday entitlement.
Updated to take into account the new duty on public-sector employers to publish trade union facility time, effective from 1 April 2017.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off work.