Annual leave

Articles and advice on annual leave issues and policy for UK small businesses.

Employing & managing staff

Employee wants to convert SSP to annual leave

What if an employee wants to convert some of their paid time of work with statutory sick pay into fully paid leave? Alison King shows you options

Employing & managing staff

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave?

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave if they are on a zero hours contract? What are your obligations as an employer?

Work life balance

3 ways to look after staff wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis

The government’s announcement that key workers can carry over statutory annual leave into the next two years is welcome, says Steve Arnold. But you want to encourage staff to take holiday even when self-isolating

Employing & managing staff

Can staff caught up in flight disruptions cancel annual leave?

Here, Jo Stubbs of XpertHR, comments on whether employees have the right to change dates booked for annual leave after flight disruptions.

Business management

Should you take annual leave this summer?

Here, Phil Sheridan, senior managing director, Robert Half UK, tells us why we should be taking our annual leave this summer.


Brits just won’t stop working, as annual leave goes to waste

Research shows that in 2016 UK workers grafted an extra £17 billion of free work, as they didn’t take the annual leave that they’re entitled to.

Employing & managing staff

Preventing employee holiday entitlement from building up 

Annual leave building up towards the end of the year can be a problem for employers. Here's how to handle it.

Employing & managing staff

How can I encourage my employees to take their annual leave?

I have a number of employees who fail to take their annual leave, this may be because they are busy or feel obligated to the business. As our small business can often become busy and hectic I would like to encourage my workforce to take annual leave; how can I best do this?


Majority of UK workers fail to take full annual leave

More than half of workers forgo an average of three days leave each year, research finds.

Employing & managing staff

SMEs not ready for rise in annual leave

Holiday plans may be on the minds of many now that winter is behind us, but the majority of small businesses say they are unaware of entitlements going up next week.

Employing & managing staff

Annual leave for part-timers

Our full-time staff work 37 hours a week with 4 weeks annual leave excluding bank holidays. Part-timers work different hours each day. How do I calculate their leave? How do I calculate it if they change their contractual hours?

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Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

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A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why you need a business bank account

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