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Sir Richard Branson allows his staff to take unlimited holiday

Sir Richard Branson, the boss of Virgin Group which employs more than 50,000 people around the world and operates in more than 50 countries, is offering his personal staff of 170 unlimited holiday time. Sir Richard Branson explained the move on his website.“There is no need to ask for prior approval and neither the employees themselves nor…

Only 12% of younger employees take their full holiday allowance

The Glassdoor® Annual Leave Survey, conducted online by Harris Poll among over 2,000 Great British adults (aged 16+), uncovers the real story behind annual leave, including how much holiday time employees actually take and how much they admit working (and why) during their time off. Proportion of Annual Leave that employees actually use The average…

Would you cancel an employee’s holiday if there was too much work to do?

A third (34%) of employers are prepared to cancel someone’s holiday if there is too much work to do in the office, according to research from recruitment company Adecco.  A third of employers (31%) also stated that that they would cancel an employees’ holiday solely for a business reason. Over a third (37%) of employers…

European Court ruling offers clarification on holiday leave accrued during sickness

Clearer guidance over accruing holiday leave during a period of sickness has been given by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In a recent judgment, the minimum allowance to be carried forward was confirmed as four weeks, as specified by the Working Time Directive (WTD). This must be taken within 15 months, otherwise it is lost. Neidel…

Government to challenge WTR changes

The Government is attempting to minimise the impact of the Working Time Regulations (WTR) changes on British businesses. Negotiations are taking place with the European Union to prevent damaging amendments to the directive which could cost employers more than £100 million a year. Thanks to various European Court of Justice rulings, workers will be able…

Female leaders suffer “maternity penalty”

Unconscious bias leads organisations to discriminate, says report A key reason for the lack of women at the top of corporations is that they are penalised for prioritising childcare duties over work, according to a report by Mercer. The study revealed European data showing that only 29 per cent of senior managers across the continent…