Contact the citizens advice bureau if you think that you have been denied leave unlawfully.
In some cases, employers cheat when paying for work on a holiday, explaining to employees that they are individual entrepreneurs, although it is not so in fact. This problem is often faced by temporary workers. Therefore, that is why it is very important to know your working status.
Check your working status
Follow the link to find out what your working status is: an employee or an individual entrepreneur? If it turns out that you are an employee, then you have the right for payment for work on a holiday, as well as on leave, and this issue can be raised in discussion with the employer.
How much you can get
During the leave you must receive the same amount as you receive during work. For example, if you are paid £280 a week, taking a leave, you will also receive £280 per week.
If you receive a bonus in addition to the base rate, you will also be paid a bonus on leave. For example, if you usually get a £150 premium per month, you will be paid £150 above the base rate, even if you were on leave for a week.
If from week to week your salary or working hours are different, the amount you receive will be based on the average salary you received in the past 12 months.
What is ‘rolled-up holiday pay’ (usually refers to temporary workers)
The employer can offer you such a payment option. You will not receive payment for days off. Instead, the employer will pay you extra money above hourly payment. The scheme is called ‘rolled-up holiday pay’. In fact, you save extra money for your work and use them when you want to take a day off.
Although the government and the State Service for Consultation, Reconciliation and Arbitration (ACAS) do not recommend employees to agree to such payment scheme, it is completely legal if the employer does everything right. For example, you cannot be told: "You will receive £8 per hour, and this includes an additional fee for the days off". Instead, the employer should say: "Your base hourly rate is £ 7.20, and you will receive 80 pence for the days off."
In your pay slip, all amounts should also be arranged separately. If this is not done, you should discuss this with the employer. If you decide to seek advice from the civil service bureau, take the last pay slips with you.
If you have problems with payments for days off or leave
It is always better to try to solve the problem directly with the employer. If this is not possible, you can complain to the Employment Tribunal - the body for the reviewing of individual labor disputes. Remember that there is a time limit for the complaint. For example, if you have not been paid for leave, you need to complain within three months. Other types of complaints also have time limits. You can find out the exact terms by contacting the citizens advice office.