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I’ve worked for a company for the last eight years, and recently started doing a 12-hour shift. The company says that for every day I take off they’re going to take 12 hours off my holiday entitlement, which makes it a day and a quarter. Is this fair, since I will only end up with 11 days plus eight lieu days a year?

Holiday entitlement can be expressed in terms of days or hours; so if you work a four-day week of 12-hour shifts then a week’s holiday would involve a seven-day absence from work for which you are paid for 48 hours (or to put it another way, a week’s pay). This admittedly becomes more complicated if you take individual days off, but if you do work a four-day week and you take a day off you should ensure that you only work the other three.

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