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  • Overtime to form part of worker’s holiday pay

    26/11/2014

    As a result of the recent ruling in Bear Scotland v Fulton and others, approximately five million workers in the UK could be entitled to more holiday pay at a potential cost to companies of billions of pounds.

    The employment judge hearing the case agreed with the employees and ruled that all overtime payments should be taken into consideration when calculating holiday pay; now the Employment Appeals Tribunal has approved this decision upholding the initial judgment.

    Prior to the decision only basic pay has counted when calculating holiday pay.

    The decision is expected to have huge ramifications for all companies whose workers carry out overtime above their contracted hours. With one sixth of the 30.8 million workers getting paid overtime a significant number of claims can be expected as a result of the judgment.

    It is anticipated that the ruling will be appealed to the Court of Appeal or referred to the EU Courts in Luxemburg for clarification on how European law should be interpreted.

    However on previous referrals, the EU Courts have ruled that commission and bonus payments should be included in holiday pay which may provide an indication as to their potential approach should the decision be referred.

    For advice and information on calculating employee’s holiday pay and other employment issues please contact christopher.hayward@brights.eu.com

     

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