UK: Government proposals for paid year off

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The last day of the ruling Labour Party’s conference in Brighton saw the distribution of a document, ‘The Choice for Britain’, outlining how employees could take extended leaves of absence. With many companies limiting their staff to holidays of two to three weeks at a time, one idea is to allow workers to carry over untaken paid leave from one year to the next and then take it all at once in periods ranging from a few months to a year or more.
Any such move is opposed by the Federation of Small Businesses who believe that it would merely complicate the planning process for smaller employers as well as risk creating disharmony in the workplace.
This proposal follows the recent introduction of legislation allowing workers to claim back any days of illness which occur during regular annual leave.


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