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”.

And the long-running case of Lock regarding the payment of commission during holiday is nearly at an end. The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in October 2016, and on 28 February 2017 the Supreme Court refused British Gas leave to appeal. The case will now return to the employment tribunal to decide what compensation should be paid to Mr Lock and his colleagues. Watch this space.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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