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Are we entitled to a paid holiday? We’ve been working as casual labourers for a company for the last 12 months, and our employer won’t give us holiday pay. What’s our entitlement?

Unless you could be classed as self-employed (ie you’re in business in your own right) you’re almost certainly entitled to the statutory 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday a year. You should discuss this with your employer, and may find it helpful to talk to an Acas advisor on 08457 474747. If you work irregular hours the amount you should be paid per week can be worked out by averaging out your hours over the previous 12 weeks. If you apply for an employment tribunal hearing your employer will have to explain why you are not receiving holiday pay.

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