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Holiday entitlement

Can employer insist when it's taken.

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The answer is yes, I know, but wasn't quite sure how to word my question.

Employees have been on furlough throughout, and employer had planned to put them on JSS, but now has to close again from Thursday so he's leaving them on furlough.

So far he's paid 4 weeks holiday, leaving 8 days remaining, but he wants them to pay them another week at end of November.  Is there anything that prevents him doing this?  My own feeling this is a little premature, as there are still 5 months before the end of the holiday year, and just want to make sure that it's allowed before informing the employees.

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By lionofludesch
02nd Nov 2020 16:18

The answer is he can do it if it's reasonable.

What constitutes "reasonable" in 2020 is anyone's guess.

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By the_drookit_dug
02nd Nov 2020 16:19

Decency?

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By lionofludesch
02nd Nov 2020 16:23

I would suggest he might have a problem at Christmas, certainly.

Hard to say on the scanty facts.

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By legerman
03rd Nov 2020 01:40

lionofludesch wrote:

I would suggest he might have a problem at Christmas, certainly.

Hard to say on the scanty facts.

His trade has hit the floor so Christmas won't be an issue. Thanks all for your replies.

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By Barbara G
02nd Nov 2020 16:43

You need to give them notice of twice the length of time you'd like them to use as holiday leave. So, if you want them to take a week's leave, you need to give them 2 weeks' notice.

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By Paul Crowley
02nd Nov 2020 19:19

Yes

A prior thread on same subject confirmed that employer can give numerous 2 day notices of 1 day holiday

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By Anonymous.
02nd Nov 2020 17:54
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By bendybod
05th Nov 2020 11:09

Yes but he has to pay 100% of the salary if he insists on them taking it during furlough. Does he want to do that if he's not going to get the extra 20% back from the government at a time when he isn't getting any income?
That said, if business is that bad then it saves him having to pay them 100% with no help from the government when things are back up and running or having to pay it on top of redundancy if he ends up having to go that route, given that you can't use JSS after the lockdown if you are making the staff redundant.
From a business point of view, when is the holiday year up? If it is December then it might be reasonable to insist that they use it during lockdown as they won't be using it in December. If it is March or June etc then you might have some extremely underproductive staff by then if they can't take annual leave.

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