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|Original Message Added : 17 Nov 2008|
Are we required to pay Holiday Pay to part-time staff irrespective of the number of hours worked?
If so, is this from commencement of employment?
Are Travelling Expenses (cost of fuel to and from our clients) subject to taxation?
If so, does this apply even if total number of hours worked does not exceed 16 per week?
Many Thanks in anticipation
Bizzee Beez Domestics
|Reply : 18 Nov 2008|
I can answer the question on part-timers holiday entitlement. I am afraid you will need advice from an accountant in relation to the travelling costs. You could of course contact HM Revenue and Customs for free.
All workers are entitled to paid holiday from the commencement of employment. It does not matter how many hours someone works, they are still entitled to 4.8 weeks paid holiday per year (including public and bank holidays). Of course someone who works part-time will be entitled to less number of days holiday than someone who works full time. For example if someone works 5 days a week, 4.8 weeks holiday amounts to 24 days a year and if someone works two days a week, 4.8 weeks holiday would amount to 9.6 days a year. The minimum entitlement to paid holiday will increase to 5.6 weeks (including public and bank holidays) from 1 April 2009.
An employer can have some control over when and how the holiday is taken. In the first year of employment an employer can insist that a worker builds up holiday entitlement (at a rate of 1/12 th of the annual entitlement) before he/she takes holiday. An employer can also refuse holiday requests providing it follows the procedure in the Working Time Regulations. A comprehensive and clear holiday request procedure is recommended for all employers.It is unlawful to treat part-time workers less favourably than full-time workers.