Articles, guides and news on holiday and annual leave topics for UK SMEs.

Employing & managing staff

Is employee entitled to holiday pay?

An employee worked 14 weeks, booked a weeks' holiday then gave a week’s notice while on holiday and never came back. Is she entitled to any holiday pay? She worked 17 hours a week.


Britain split over Royal Wedding holiday

Managers in England are almost twice as likely to give their staff a day off for the Royal wedding as those in Scotland, research finds.

Employing & managing staff

Should I pay holiday pay to my single employee?

I own a small catering business with one member of staff working for me. Should I have to pay holiday pay?

Employing & managing staff

Holiday entitlement for new employees

When you employ new staff, you may wonder how soon they can begin to take holiday. SmallBusines.co.uk clears the issue up.

Employing & managing staff

Holiday pay and “normal hours”

I work a 12-hour shift but my company only wants to pay me for 9.5 hours for my holiday pay. Is this allowed?

Legal advice

Employee holidays

I applied for and was granted 10 days holiday from 2nd July until 13th July. I was taken ill on 28th June and my GP requested that I do not return to work until 23rd July. Can I re-take my 10 days holiday at a later date?

Legal advice

Holidays for the self-employed

Holiday entitlement for sole traders and the self-employed can be a tricky business. In the intance of a self-employed decorator who has worked for the same company for nearly two years, Peter Done explains why it's such a complicated issue.


Holiday pay ruling to hit business

A ruling in the European Court of Justice could force small businesses to rethink the way they pay employees after it said that the practice of giving staff extra holiday pay in lieu of actual time off is illegal.

Legal advice

Holiday pay for sick workers worries employers

A recent employment appeal tribunal ruling on holiday pay for employees on long-term sick leave could have serious implications for small businesses by potentially driving up costs.


New staff holiday rule to hit SMEs

Small businesses may have to put their growth plans on hold when changes to employment rules come into force later this month.

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

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Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers