holiday entitlement

Holiday Advice for Small Business Managers

Holiday Advice for Small Business Managers

Business owners planning for the peak holiday season can now use a ten-point checklist from Business Link to make sure they are fully prepared. The list offers practical advice on how to avoid annual leave clashes and manage key staff absence. The advice includes keeping a holiday calendar that everyone can access and ensuring temporary replacements for key staff are properly trained. Business Link adviser, Alexandra Shoobert, said: “Many people want to take their time off during the summer months, but businesses cannot allow themselves to miss delivery deadlines or reduce customer service because of inadequate preparation and staff scheduling. This can have a negative effect on your business, especially now when companies are working harder than ever with fewer staff. We’ve is... »

Holiday Entitlement Increases

As well as the National Minimum Wage increasing, today sees workers’ holiday entitlement increase. From the 1st of October 2007 workers are entitled to a minimum of 4.8 weeks annual holiday, which amounts to 24 days holiday a year if employees work 5 days a week full-time. Part-time workers have the same paid-leave entitlement on a pro-rata basis. From the 1st of April 2009 holidays will be at 5.6 weeks per annum or 28 days a year. Within The Work and Families Act there is no statutory right to paid leave on bank and public holidays, of which there are 8 in a year, but these can be counted in a worker’s minimum holiday entitlement. The legislation has been introduced to improve choice and flexibility for employees although businesses will need to be prepared to give their workf... »