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My employer refuses to hand over my holiday pay: he says he will only pay out when employees actually take a holiday. A percentage is taken from my pay each week towards holiday pay, which should now amount to more than £600. My terms and conditions only cover the amount paid – not when we can have it. Surely my employer must give me the money when I want it?

Under the Working Time Regulations you have to take the holiday in order to be paid holiday pay. The only exception is where you’re on the point of leaving the firm. Your employer should make sure you take the legal minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year. It’s unlikely that your employer is deducting money from your wages, since you can’t be requested to make any contribution to your holiday pay. Check this with the wages department.

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