Employment Lawyers Can Answer Your Employment Law Questions
Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Can I just check, how long have you worked for this employer?
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Does your contract say anything about these purchased holidays and what will happen in the event of termination?
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Many thanks for your patience. It is entirely possible for an employer to require you to take your holidays during your notice period. The notice period is no different to any other time during your employment and your usual rights continue during that time.
All they have to do is act in accordance with The Working Time Regulations 1998 which require a certain length of notice by the employer before they can force you to do so. This must be at least twice as long as the holidays they want you to take (e.g. 5 days holidays to be taken at once require 10 days notice in advance).
In terms of the purchased holidays, these are not specifically dealt with under law, but common sense would dictate that these should be counted as part of your total holiday allowance as above, or if they remain untaken – a reimbursement is due to you for hem.
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