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I am afraid that under the Working Time Regulations an employer has the right to refuse an employee’s request to take their holidays on specific days. Similarly they have the right to force employees to take their holidays on days chosen by the employer. So the fact that you have accrued holidays and have made a request to take them on specific dates does not guarantee that you will be entitled to do so. As long as the holiday request has not yet been approved by the employer, they have the right to reject you request and prevent you from taking the holidays on the days you requested. It means that you will have to take them on other days when the employer is prepared to allow you to. Accrued holidays do not mean you can take them when you want to, it will only happen with the employer’s approval, it simply means that you would be allowed to take them at some point in the current holiday year, subject to approval by the employer.
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