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Holiday during probation

Company says no holiday during probation

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As stated the company I work for has said that I'm not entitled to any holiday during my six month probationary period. I've never heard of this before and am unsure where I stand.

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By Shonette
16th Jan 2017 11:49

Hi Stewie,
We had a similar question before, so I'm not sure if any of the responses are helpful to you: https://www.hrzone.com/community-voice/discuss/holiday-during-probation-...
I'm sure more of our members may be able to share their thoughts & experiences too!

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By clive boorman
17th Jan 2017 08:32

They are allowed to turn down holiday requests for business reasons but you are entitled to 28 days holiday in any holiday year, (that can include Bank Holidays).
So, there's a few questions, at what point in the holiday year did you join as you may only have a pro-rata entitlement? If you joined at the start of the holiday year, you effectively have the second half of the year to take your holiday entitlement. You should still be able to take your full entitlement then so they can turn down holiday requests but have to let you have your entitlement at some point.
If you already had holidays booked, I would talk to them about it as they may still honour them. There are some variables in this so the working-time directive will give you chapter and verse on the entitlement.
Oh and to answer your first question, yes lots of companies do this in my experience. They couldn't do it now but one company I worked for made you accrue your holiday first, so you had to work a full year before you were allowed any leave. I left after 12 months and they paid me a full years holiday pay but it was hard-going not having any leave for a year.

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By Shonette
17th Jan 2017 09:41

A full year without annual leave, that seems really unreasonable and unhealthy for employees - would that stand up now?
I heard of a horror story recently where a company offered bonuses to employees who didn't take any holiday or sick leave (!) - causes more problems than it solves, surely!

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By Stewie1968
17th Jan 2017 11:10

Its not so much about taking holiday but more the fact that for the first six months I won't accrue any as they have said they don't give any holiday for the first six months.

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By clive boorman
17th Jan 2017 15:02

well you are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday a year, assuming you work full time, 5 days a week. See here: https://www.gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights/entitlement
Obviously pro-rata if you work part-time or have joined part-way through a year.

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