Government Consultation on Holiday Entitlement

The Government Consultation on Holiday Entitlement For Part-year and Irregular Hours Workers Has Been Launched

The Government consultation on holiday entitlement for part-year and irregular hours workers has been launched. This follows the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Harpur Trust v Brazel, which provided that holiday entitlement for permanent part-year workers should not be capped at 12.07% of their annualised hours or pro-rated so that it is proportionate to that of a full-time worker – even though this would entitle part-year workers to a higher holiday entitlement in comparison to part-time workers who work the same total number of hours across the year.

The Government Consultation on Holiday Entitlement seeks to address the disparity caused by the controversial Harpur Trust v Brazel decision. The Government proposes to introduce a holiday entitlement reference period for part-year and irregular hours workers, to ensure that their holiday pay and entitlement is directly proportionate to the time they spend working. The proposal is to implement a 52-week holiday entitlement reference period for these workers, which includes weeks where no work if performed/no remuneration is earned. Holiday pay for workers with irregular hours is currently calculated using a 52-week reference period, but any week without work/remuneration is excluded in calculating their average weekly pay (and an earlier week taken into account).

The Government also wants to understand how holiday entitlement is currently calculated for agency workers and how the consultation proposal might be implemented.

The consultation closes on 9 March 2023 and can be accessed here.

Employers who are affected by the decision (such as those in education or agriculture) should make sure their views are heard by responding to the consultation before it closes on 9 March 2023.

Holiday Entitlement Toolkit

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Holiday Entitlement ToolkitMy Holiday Entitlement Toolkit provides simple and straightforward answers to common questions relating to Holiday Entitlement in the UK, such as how to:

  • Calculate holiday for starters and leavers
  • Calculate holiday entitlement for part-time and non standard working patterns.
  • Deal with part days
  • Decline or cancel a pre approved holiday
  • Enforce a period of holiday on an employee or group of employees
  • Deal with competing request for holiday
  • Deal with an employee who goes ahead with a holiday which has not been authorised
  • Calculate holiday pay

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Government Consultation on Holiday Entitlement Launched


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