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CORONAVIRUS - HOLIDAYS - 13.07.2020

When isn’t it reasonably practicable to take annual leave?

There seems to be a misunderstanding amongst many workers (and some employers) that they now have a right to carry over any untaken annual leave for up to two years thanks to coronavirus. This isn’t quite true. What’s the actual legal position?
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CORONAVIRUS - ANNUAL LEAVE - 22.06.2020

Payments in lieu of minimum holiday?

Under new rules, employees can carry certain holiday forward for up to two years if they’ve not been able to take it due to coronavirus. To prevent this, could you pay them in lieu for that holiday instead?
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HOLIDAYS - 03.06.2020

Compelling workers to take holiday

Workers accrue holiday during furlough and some holiday rights can now be carried over for up to two years. Can you compel staff to take accrued holiday during furlough?
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CORONAVIRUS - BANK HOLIDAYS - 18.05.2020

Q&A - bank holidays during furlough

Q. If there’s a bank holiday whilst an employee is furloughed, how should we deal with it? A. It will all depend on the employment contract. Where bank holidays are included in the employee’s overall annual holiday leave entitlement, you should either pay them in full for the bank holiday which falls during the furlough or allow them to take a day’s holiday at a later date in lieu of the bank holiday. This day’s holiday could be at a date of your choosing, provided you serve the employee with the correct amount of notice requiring them to take holiday. Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you must give the employee notice equivalent to twice the number of days’ holiday you want them to take. So, where you want an employee to take one day’s holiday, you must give them at least two working days’ notice. This notice should be writing (see The next step ). ...
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LONE WORKING - 07.05.2020

Q&A - are homeworkers lone workers?

Q. Now that many of our office staff work from home are they classed as lone workers? And if so, what does it mean for us as their employer? A. A “lone worker” is anyone who works without direct supervision and where there is no one to help in an emergency. Some homeworkers will certainly fall into this category. Employers have responsibilities to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their staff, including those who work alone. ...
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CORONAVIRUS - HOLIDAYS - 07.05.2020

Coronavirus: interaction between annual leave and furlough

There have been many questions raised by employers about whether employees can request or be required to take their annual leave, including bank holidays, during furlough. What’s the position?
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HOLIDAYS - 03.06.2020

Compelling workers to take holiday

Workers accrue holiday during furlough and some holiday rights can now be carried over for up to two years. Can you compel staff to take accrued holiday during furlough?
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CORONAVIRUS - BANK HOLIDAYS - 18.05.2020

Q&A - bank holidays during furlough

Q. If there’s a bank holiday whilst an employee is furloughed, how should we deal with it? A. It will all depend on the employment contract. Where bank holidays are included in the employee’s overall annual holiday leave entitlement, you should either pay them in full for the bank holiday which falls during the furlough or allow them to take a day’s holiday at a later date in lieu of the bank holiday. This day’s holiday could be at a date of your choosing, provided you serve the employee with the correct amount of notice requiring them to take holiday. Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 you must give the employee notice equivalent to twice the number of days’ holiday you want them to take. So, where you want an employee to take one day’s holiday, you must give them at least two working days’ notice. This notice should be writing (see The next step ). ...
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CORONAVIRUS - ANNUAL LEAVE - 22.06.2020

Payments in lieu of minimum holiday?

Under new rules, employees can carry certain holiday forward for up to two years if they’ve not been able to take it due to coronavirus. To prevent this, could you pay them in lieu for that holiday instead?
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