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Holidays and Holiday Entitlement

Prior to the European working time directive there wasn’t a legal entitlement to paid holidays. It’s easy to forget paid holidays were only introduced  as a right for all employees in 1996. The minimum entitlement for a 5 day worker is 28 days or 5.6 weeks per year. It Is important to remember that the European working time directive was a piece of health and safety legislation covering breaks and the length of shifts and introduced the 48 hour week. In short it is a piece of health and safety legislation introduced to ensure employee had a paid holidays each year. It might seem fairly straightforward but there are more queries about holidays than any other subject

So consider the following

  • Should I give holidays in hours or days?
  • How do you factor in bank holidays?
  • How do holidays work for part time staff?
  • How much do I pay an employee when they take holidays?
  • What happens when staff are sick or on maternity leave?

Can I decide when staff have to take their holidays or when they can’t have holidays?

As part of your membership of the Hair & Barber Council we have are really pleased to launch a totally free HR support helpline! 
Whether you work in a salon or on your own we can help!  
For any support now, please call on 0161 819 4657.

Gemma Kelly has worked in HR for 15 years and has received the CIPD Level 7 Award in Employment Law, as well as a Masters Degree in Legal Practice, the Legal Practice Course qualifying as a Trainee Solicitor, and a Law Degree with Honours.

Gemma has excelled within several different departments and specialises in drafting employment documentation, carrying out employment status checks and support with disciplinary and grievance meetings. Gemma also deals with more complex employment issues such as redundancy, TUPE, settlement agreements, managing employee absenteeism and restrictive covenants to help prevent the poaching of staff or clients and to prevent employees from working in direct competition post-employment.


Areas where we can help you:

  • Contracts of Employment/ Employee Handbooks
  • Apprenticeship agreements/contracts Maternity
  • Sickness/Lateness
  • Staff leaving/being poached
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Training agreements
  • Fire Risk Assessments
  • Health & Safety policies
  • Employment tribunals
  • Employed/Self-Employed status?


Get in touch:

To chat with Gemma please call on 0161 819 4657