Paid annual leave

Fiona CumingEditor's message: The TUC estimates that workers have gained an extra 96 million days a year as paid holiday since the UK implemented the Working Time Directive in 1998.

Under the Working Time Regulations 1998, full-time workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year (including bank and public holidays), paid at their normal pay.

But while holidays are fun, calculating holiday pay has become less enjoyable for employers. In a series of holiday pay cases, the courts have had to determine whether or not payments such as overtime, commission and shift allowances are part of “normal pay”. There are still some grey areas, and the only thing that is clear is that there will be further litigation.

And in the meantime, we wait for the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the appeal by British Gas against the decision in Lock, which is expected shortly. Watch this space.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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