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Business Advice for this month

Notice to all IHF Members

31st July  2013


All employees are entitled toannual leave based on hours worked.

Employees' annual leave will be calculated by one of the following methods:

  • four working weeks, where an employee works more than 1,365 hours in the leave year; or
  • where the employee has worked less than 1,365 hours:
  • 1/3 of a working week, where the employee works at least 117 hours in a calendar month; or
  • 8% of the hours worked in the leave year (to a maximum of four working weeks per annum).

Note: the employer must choose the calculation that gives the greater entitlement.


Hours worked means hours actually worked (physically) including overtime.


Periods that should be included are:


  • maternity leave;
  • additional maternity leave;
  • adoptive leave;
  • additional adoptive leave;
  • health and safety leave;
  • parental leave;
  • carer's leave (first 13 weeks); and
  • hours spent on annual leave itself.


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