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Many workers 'missing out on holidays'

10 May 2017 09:11

Many workers are unsure of their paid holiday entitlements

Many workers are unsure of their paid holiday entitlements

Workers have been encouraged to find out about their full entitlement to holidays, with many thought to be missing out on paid leave.

New research from Citizens Advice suggests that half of people on zero hours contracts do not believe they are entitled to paid time off. And the same can be said for two in five people on temporary contracts.

Yet the consumer group found that employers may be misleading workers about their entitlement to holidays, as a result of a lack of knowledge among bosses.

Some may even be flouting the rules deliberately by taking advantage of people's confusion regarding their annual leave entitlements, it is believed.

In light of its new findings, the charity has now called on politicians to raise awareness of people's right to paid holiday.

Planning ahead

Whatever type of contract they're on, holidaying workers can protect themselves while abroad by investing in trusted travel insurance.

These policies can cover them against things like medical expenses and flight delays, which might otherwise hit them in the pocket.

Employment support

According to Citizens Advice, close to 185,000 people asked for support regarding employment issues during the last financial year, and 10,000 of these cases were linked to paid holiday.

Chief executive Gillian Guy has indicated that people's rights need to be taken more seriously.

She commented: "Thousands are missing out on rights they are entitled to due to a lack of awareness, confusion and in some cases deliberate dirty tactics by employers.

"With more than half of employers having staff working shifts or variable hours, action needs to be taken now to protect workers' rights."