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I have just handed in my 4 weeks notice from my job as a

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Hi! I have just handed in my 4 weeks notice from my job as a nanny. I have a question about my holiday entitlement in regard to what is stated in my contract.
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Customer: London, UK
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Customer: No
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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Hi Ben! I've just handed in my 4 week notice as my job as a nanny. Would just like some advice about my remaining holiday entitlement, I want to make sure I'm reading the contract right.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I can copy past you that part of the contract if that's helpful. Basically my contract started 15th August 2017, in the contract it says that a holiday year is a calendar year. So does that mean that my 28 yearly holiday days are counted from 1st Jan 2018?

yes, that would generally be considered the 365 day period between 1 January and 31 December. So you would have started a new holiday year on 1 Jan and you would now be entitled to a pro-rata entitlement depending on when you leave.

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you, that's what I thought as well. And is that a straightforward matter, is this the only way to interpret it when talking about a contract of employment?

Well, it is not written down in law anywhere, but it is generally the commonly accepted position if that is what you mean?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
that's basically what I mean. I'm trying to find out if there's a change that my employer can claim I'm not reading the contract right.

Well, they can always argue it but as there is nothing in black and white in law, usually, the courts would look at what another relatively official source says, like a dictionary:

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/calendar-year

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Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you Ben, this is how I understand it as well. You've been very helpful, this is all thank you!

you are most welcome