Tuesday, 26 June 2001

13-week holiday rule unlawful

A number of people have been having problems receiving bulleins recently.
Until the problem is resolved, all messages are being sent in 'text' format.
Apologies for the unattractive appearance.


The ECJ has held, following the Advocate-General's opinion (see bulletin 8th February 2001), that the condition under the WORKING TIME REGULATIONS stating that the right to paid holiday does not accrue until workers have been employed for 13 weeks is unlawful.

This means that the UK will have to change the WORKING TIME REGULATIONS to remove the 13-week qualification period for paid holiday.

This decision will particularly affect people working in the media (who usually work on short-term contracts). It will also affect sectors such as cleaning, catering and security services, where short-term contracts abound.
Likewise, supply teachers (who often work for short periods) and temporary workers will benefit.

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