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We work regular nine-hour days, not including breaks. But when we take annual leave we are only paid for eight hours. Is this right?

Workers should usually receive the same pay while they are on annual leave as they normally receive while they are at work. As a result of recent court judgments all types of overtime, including voluntary, should be taken into account for the four weeks of annual leave required by the EU Working Time Directive. Most employers apply this to the extra 1.6 weeks’ holiday brought in under UK law. If yours don’t, and the extra hour is regarded as voluntary overtime you could refuse to do it or argue that, through custom and practice, it is now contractual and that therefore you should be paid for it while on holiday too.

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