Hi there, assuming you are an employee (not self employed) then you would have had the legal right to accrue holiday pay during your employment with this employer. If you did not take any of our holidays by the time your employment terminated, the employer would have had to pay you whatever outstanding leave you had at the time. They cannot refuse to pay you and basically withhold your holidays.
If they refuse to pay you then you have the option of taking this to the employment tribunal to get what you are due.
Before a person can make a claim in the employment tribunal, they would be required to participate in mandatory early conciliation through the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
The purpose of this process is to allow ACAS to mediate between the claimant and respondent to agree on an out of court settlement in order to avoid the need for legal action in tribunal. The respondent does not have to engage in these discussions, or if they do and the talks are unsuccessful, the claimant will be issued with a certificate allowing them to make a claim.
However, if a settlement is reached, the claimant would agree not to proceed with the claim in return for the agreed financial settlement. Other terms can also be agreed as part of the settlement, such as an agreed reference.
To initiate the conciliation procedure ACAS can be contacted online by filling in the following form (https://ec.acas.org.uk/Submission/SingleClaimantPage), or by phone on 0300(###) ###-####
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