It is a very good idea to have a strong holiday policy in place to give you and your employees’ security to know what is expected from them and what they can expect from you. We find many disputes about holidays where employers do not have a robust holiday policy in place.
This can range from the number of days they are entitled to, over and above the statutory if applicable, how they should give you notice of their holidays, how long holidays can be taken and at which time. The procedure how they take the holidays, what happens if they are sick on their holidays and how many holidays they can carry over into the next year.
There are also a number of other issues that we can include on holiday policies and we strongly advise that this is one of your staple policies in your handbook.