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Holiday pay – a luxury or a right?

29 May 2017

However belief and practice don’t always match up. Hundreds of thousands of people are missing out on the 28 days paid holiday to which all full-time workers are entitled either because they are unaware of the law or because of “sharp practice” by employers, according to Citizens Advice. This problem appears particularly acute across the so-called ‘gig economy’ but others work flexibly or part time for companies that reduce holiday entitlement by “manipulating” the law, it said.

In addition, it was found that 87% of respondents also view national minimum wage regulations an important part of employment law. Other findings include:

• 88% of respondents view equal pay laws as necessary and 82% believe parental rights at work is a necessary aspect of employment law.

• 44% believe there is a lack of resources which is a barrier to implementing employment law, followed by too much legislation (34%), and a lack of awareness of legislative changes (31%).

• 17% think there should be legislative changes around employment status and the gig economy.

The gig economy and the drawbacks for the gig workers has been hot news for a while and reform is looking likely. Ensuring that your firm is in line with best practice across the board on employment law is a key way to underpin employee loyalty and retention.