Working hours are not excessive

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Working Time Regulations

Time off - all workers

  • Workers start accruing leave entitlement from their first day of employment. They are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid leave per year (rate of pay is determined in the contract).
  • This is equal to 28 days of holiday for workers who work 5 days per week. For those that work less than 5 days per week, they will be entitled to 5.6 weeks pro rata.
  • This amount can include bank holidays.
  • If workers are required to work on Bank Holidays, they are entitled to a day off in lieu in order to ensure that they receive 28 days’ holiday per year.

Agricultural Wages Order

  • In England & Wales 31 days (including Bank Holidays) for workers working a 5 day week.
  • If workers work longer or shorter periods, the entitlement is adjusted on a pro rata basis.
  • In Scotland 5 weeks’ holiday per year + 4 special holidays

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  • Workers are entitled to 3 days’ leave with full pay following the death of a dependent.
  • In Northern Ireland, when a worker has completed 52 weeks continuous employment they will then be entitled to an additional 5 days. However, they do not have to take this time.

Working Time Regulations: Maternity leave - Pregnant workers

  • Women are entitled to 52 weeks maternity leave. This is made up of 26 weeks ‘Ordinary Maternity Leave’ and 26 weeks ‘Additional Maternity Leave’.
  • 39 weeks of this is paid under Statutory Maternity Pay (details below).
  • Men are entitled to 1 or 2 weeks paid paternity leave, depending on length of employment and earnings, all of which must be taken at the same time after the birth.
  • Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay are set at £112.75 per week (or 90% of average weekly earnings if less).
  • Parents are entitled to up to 13 weeks (18 weeks if the child is disabled) unpaid parental leave. This allowance must be taken before the child’s 5th birthday.
  • Women are entitled to paid time off during pregnancy for antenatal visits.
  • Parents of children under the age of 6, or a disabled child under the age of 18.

There are no separate provisions under the Agricultural Wages Order for Maternity leave - pregnant workers

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