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Or paid holiday entitlement has long been an important employee benefit, enjoyed by most UK employees. Until recently, however, there was no statutory entitlement to annual leave and many temporary and part-time employees were denied paid holiday. The adoption of the Working Time Directive by the European Union has changed this situation and under the working time regulations there is an entitlement to four weeks' paid leave for all employees who satisfy a three-month service requirement. Further legislative change, introduced through the Work and Families Act 2006, has given the government the power to increase the entitlement to 28 days for full-time employees (pro rata for part-timers) and prevent employers from including bank holidays. These provisions bring the UK in line with most other European countries, where there is a long tradition of statutory entitlement to paid annual leave.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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