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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Major legal battle looms over holiday pay

The Telegraph reports on the far reaching implications of UNISON’s recent and successful test case against British Gas: ‘The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in May ruled that staff who receive part of their earnings in commission should have this taken into account when holiday pay is calculated, rather than just basic pay. Unions are gearing up to help their members launch a flood of claims against employers for holiday pay and overtime they are owed under EU law.’ Mass litigation on a similar scale to equal pay claims over the past decade is now on the cards following years of employers limiting holiday pay to basic contractual entitlements (regardless of the regular hours actually worked and disregarding shift allowances etc).