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I work a 60-hour week. I have just had eight days’ holiday, but was only paid the equivalent of 36 hours. The wages office say that was correct, but can it be right?

If you put in a lot of voluntary overtime it’s possible it won’t be taken into account. It’s also possible that only six of your days’ holiday were actually counted by the firm as holiday days. But the mathematics still don’t add up. Workers must be paid for their leave according to sections 221-224 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, which state that those with regular working hours should be paid what they would earn for a normal working week. Where someone works irregular hours an average can be taken over the previous 12 weeks. Go back to the wages office for an explanation.

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