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Holiday while on probation and pay

No holidays during probation time.

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My employment is made of 6 months probation with no holiday pay untitlement. Is that legal?

My employment and colleagues' contract has been changed from 42hrs down to 40hrs. We were informed through a meeting and have not signed any agreement. We were not asked about the decision prior to it taking place. We are now offered 1 hr unpaid lunch but no confirmation of change in our pay.

We are asked to take part in meetings on some Saturdays without pay, is that legal?

We have to give 2 months notice prior to leave the work, and there is no guarantee we will have work reference given.

Can someone help me here as I don't think we have been treated rightly.

Thank you


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By clive boorman
25th Jul 2017 12:12

Hi Tonie; assuming you are in the UK, you are entitled to 28 days paid holiday during a year, (pro-rata if you join part-way through a year). This can include Bank Holidays and is the lawful entitlement provided you work 5 days a week. The company could insist that you take it after your probationary period, however, provided they still offer you the full entitlement for the year or part-year.
They are entitled to change terms and conditions with appropriate consultation and if they haven't clarified everything, like salary, you should ask them politely, in writing to clarify what this is.
If you have completed your contractual hours and are asked to perform additional duties without pay, that's totally your decision but cannot be made mandatory - you decide if you want to participate or not.
Again, the issue with the notice period is that they are allowed to change it provided you are consulted. Unfortunately, there is no obligation on employers to provide a reference so that's just the way things are wherever you work; hopefully they would provide one if asked.
It may be worth you joining a Union and asking their advice. It doesn't matter if the employer doesn't recognise the Union for salary negotiations, you can still be a member and take advantage of the services they offer.

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