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Employee Rights -Holidays and Wages

by BERR
This Easter workers from Central and Eastern Europe could have four more days at home
Many workers from Central and Eastern European countries will be travelling back home to visit their family and friends this Easter, or they may be planning to spend holiday right here in the UK. Whatever their plans, all those working legally in the UK should know that the minimum paid annual leave entitlement is currently 24 days for full-time employees (pro-rata for part-timers). This will increase to 28 days from 1st April 2009.
 
The Government is also urging all UK workers to make sure they are getting paid the money they are entitled to – in particular the National Minimum Wage (NMW). For the last few months, the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has been reaching out to UK’s Polish, Slovak and Lithuanian communities with a campaign to boost awareness of the NMW and help protect vulnerable workers from underpayment.
 
The current NMW rate for all employees aged 22 and over is £5.52 an hour, £4.60 for 18-21 year olds and £3.40 for 16-17 year olds.
 
Minister for Employment Relations, Pat McFadden, said:
“Having more paid holiday is making a real difference to the lives of workers across the UK, allowing them to spend more time with their families and within their communities, while the National Minimum Wage ensures all workers are receiving a decent level of pay.”
 
Help is at hand for people who think they are not being paid the National Minimum Wage or who need more advice. The confidential helpline on 0845 6000 678 can help workers get back what they’re owed and advice is offered in the caller’s own language. In the last year alone the helpline has assisted 14,000 workers recover over £3 million.
 
More information about the National Minimum Wage is available at www.direct.gov.uk/nmw-polish, www.direct.gov.uk/nmw-slovak, www.direct.gov.uk/nmw-lithuanian.
 
Workers who need more information on annual leave or other employment rights issues should call Acas on 08457 47 4747. Agency workers can address their claims to Employment Agency Standards helpline on the 0845 955 5105 confidential number.
To speak to an advisor face-to-face workers can go to their local Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB). (For list of offices please see Yellow Pages or visit http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/cabdir.ihtml)
 
 
1.      If a worker already receives paid time off for bank holidays in addition to the 20 days holiday entitlement their annual leave has not increased.
 
2.      The NMW, introduced on April 1, 1999, forms part of the Government’s overall strategy to establish fairness in the workplace and ensure that all workers receive at least the minimum hourly rates.
 
3.      BERR is responsible for National Minimum Wage policy. HM Revenue and Customs has operational responsibility for enforcing the minimum wage. The confidential NMW helpline number is 0845 6000 678. The number for Northern Ireland is 0845 6500 207. As well as receiving complaints about non-payment of the minimum wage, the helpline provides advice and information.
 
4.      Employers who fail to pay the NMW will have to repay arrears to their workers and may also face criminal prosecution and a fine. The Government is introducing new penalties for employers who do not comply with the NMW laws. These include an automatic penalty for all employers found to have underpaid their staff and potentially unlimited fines. There will also be a new, fairer way to calculate arrears due to workers who have been underpaid. 
 
5.      There is no entitlement to take time off on a bank holiday - whether people get time off or extra pay for these days is a matter for their employment contract. However, the change to the regulations ensures that those workers who do not receive time off on bank or public holidays are still entitled to a minimum 24 days annual leave.


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