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I work full-time as a machinist, and three nights a week as a barmaid. The pub landlord has told us that we’re not entitled to holiday pay as we already have paid holidays in our full-time jobs. Is this true?

No. You are entitled to a paid holiday for each job you do. The statutory minimum holiday allowance is 5.6 weeks pro rata, which means you are entitled to take 16.8 nights off a year from your job as a barmaid (three nights a week multiplied by 5.6) and be paid for them. If your landlord isn’t convinced, there’s a useful guide to holiday entitlement on the ACAS website. If you don’t take your holidays you can lose them, so make sure you take them before the end of the pub’s “leave year”.

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