Government campaign to ensure workers are paid correctly for holiday leave

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A new campaign to remind workers of their right to paid holiday leave and ensure employers check their staff are taking their leave has been launched today (March 2) by government.

Every worker is legally entitled to paid time off for every hour they work, whether they work part time, shifts or irregular hours.

According to research by Unpaid Britain, workers are missing out on £1.8 billion a year in unpaid holiday leave.

Business Minister Paul Scully said:

We want Britain to be the best place in the world to work, and all workers, regardless of the hours they do, should receive the paid time off they are entitled to.

Entitlement to paid annual leave from day 1 in a job is just one of many measures the government has in place to ensure we can all balance work with our personal lives.

People that work atypical working patterns, such as agency workers or temporary staff, as well as part time workers or those that do shift work, are most at risk of missing out on pay.

The campaign aims to highlight the importance of ensuring both staff and employers are aware of the entitlements, as well as making sure that holiday pay is calculated properly so staff are paid the right amount.

More information on Holiday Pay.

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