Annual leave is an integral part of any workplace which is why it should be taken, monitored and booked correctly.

How Much Annual Leave Are Your Employees Entitled To?

The minimum annual leave for full time workers is set at 5.6 weeks (equating to 28 days), including the 8 bank holidays we have in the UK. Whereas, part time workers are entitled to the same amount of leave on a pro rota basis. For example, an employee who works two days a week would get 2/5 of the 28 days’ holiday which equates to 11.2 days holiday a year, and seeing as part days should be rounded up to the nearest half, this would be 11.5 days.

It is up to the employer as to when the holiday year starts and ends.

What Should My Policy Say About Annual Leave?

Your annual leave policy should clearly state how much holiday entitlement employees have including any business closures and bank holidays. But it should also mention the booking procedure.

When it comes to requesting holiday, the process is very much down to the employer.

Be sure to make the booking process for holiday clear to employees along with how much notice is required and reasons as to why they may not be able to request leave on certain days.

Keep a record of all holiday employees take so that they are constantly aware of how much they have left.

How we can help

As with all HR issues, annual leave is never that simple.

What if an employee starts working for the company mid-way through the year, or what happens if they take leave without permission or following procedure, and when can you turn down a request for leave?

If you are facing any annual leave headaches and need some external HR support, we are here to help.

Our HR consultants can advise you on the best policies to put in place, action to take when rules are broken and the law on annual leave as and when it changes.

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