If an employee has been working less than a year, then they aren’t entitled to annual holidays, but their employer may let them take some of their annual holidays in advance.
If an employee's job ends before they become entitled to annual holidays (and the employer has not been paying annual holidays as paid-as-you-earn) the employer must pay out any outstanding annual holidays at 8% of the employee's total before-tax earnings from the time they started the job to the end.
Annual holidays entitlements
Annual holidays for employees with 12 months’ continuous employment and general information about annual holidays.
Pay-as-you-go for fixed-term or changing work patterns
The right to four weeks’ annual holidays per year applies to all types of employees. In limited circumstances some employees may be paid their annual holiday entitlement on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Cashing-up annual holidays
Employees can ask to cash-up up to one week of their four weeks’ minimum entitlement to annual holidays each year.
If a business has a closedown period, employees may need to take annual holidays or not be paid.