ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

ACAS have guidance on employment rights for those working during the Christmas season.

If you have to work over the Christmas period, what are your rights? Some of the key considerations ACAS raise include:

  • your employer must pay you at least the minimum wage, though this depends on how old you are
  • there is no entitlement to extra pay such as time and a half or overtime pay, though many workplaces do offer this, so check your contract or speak to a manager
  • your employer does not have to give you time off on a bank holiday or at Christmas if they’re not included in your holiday entitlement – this is the same whether you work full time or part time
  • your employer can also make you take your holiday on bank holidays or at Christmas, if for example, the business is shut on these days
  • employers and workers should keep in mind that some workers may wish to attend religious services over this period and, that several religious holy days occur around this time

PAYadvice.UK 15/12/2020

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