If you’ve read through our guide to annual leave and holiday pay and would like to test your understanding, try these five questions.

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Annual leave and holiday pay

An employee works six days a week. What is his statutory annual leave entitlement?

Incorrect. The statutory annual leave entitlement is limited to 28 days, so an employee who works 6 days a week is only entitled to 28 days of paid holiday each year.

Correct. The statutory annual leave entitlement is limited to 28 days, so an employee who works 6 days a week is only entitled to 28 days of paid holiday each year.

The company leave year runs from 1 March to 28 February each year. A new employee joined the company on 1 August 2015 . If the employee works three days a week, how many days of paid leave was she entitled to between joining and 28 February 2016?

Correct. For a full year, the employee would be entitled to 3 x 5.6 = 16.8 days. There are 7 months from 1 August to 28 February, so the employee’s entitlement is calculated pro-rata as 16.8 x 7 / 12 = 9.8 days.

How should you calculate one week’s holiday pay for an employee who works irregular hours each week?

Incorrect. This calculation should ignore any weeks in which no pay was due – the average should be calculated over the last 12 weeks in which pay was due.

Correct. This calculation should ignore any weeks in which no pay was due – the average should be calculated over the last 12 weeks in which pay was due.

An employee who works four days a week leaves the business after six months, having taken five days’ leave. What is the employee's untaken statutory leave?

Incorrect. The worker has built up 4 x 5.6 x 6/12 = 11.2 days of annual leave. She has taken 5 days of leave, so her untaken statutory leave is 11.2 – 5 = 6.2 days.

Correct. The worker has built up 4 x 5.6 x 6/12 = 11.2 days of annual leave. She has taken 5 days of leave, so her untaken statutory leave is 11.2 – 5 = 6.2 days.

Which of these statements is false?

Incorrect. Statement (A) is false. An employer has the right to stipulate certain dates which all or some groups of employees must take as annual leave. This often coincides with an office shut down, for example during a quiet period for the business, or when a factory is closed for maintenance.

Correct. Statement (A) is false. An employer has the right to stipulate certain dates which all or some groups of employees must take as annual leave. This often coincides with an office shut down, for example during a quiet period for the business, or when a factory is closed for maintenance.

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