A recent report revealed that in 2016/17 approximately 10,000 people went to Citizens Advice for help relating to paid holiday. Citizens Advice found that approximately 50% of workers on zero hours contracts and 40% of people on temporary contracts did not know they were entitled to paid holidays.
To avoid expensive mistakes it is important for all employers to identify whether the people working for them are employees, workers or genuinely self-employed. All have different levels of legal protection. For example, while workers do not enjoy the same rights as employees they do have the right (amongst other things) to be paid the national minimum wage and to receive the minimum period of paid annual leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998. The nature of casual work means that the calculations can be a little complicated, but this is no defence to getting it wrong. Help is available.
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