Is an undefined holiday allowance legal in the UK?
November 14, 2011 4:27 AM Subscribe
My boss wants to change my holiday allowance. Ignoring how good or bad a deal this is, is it actually legal? Does it have tax implications? [UK specific]
posted by sodium lights the horizon to Work & Money (12 answers total)
As a lowly drone in my company, I'd managed to build myself up to 25 days holiday a year (exc public holidays) and I had a 5 day roll over from last year. This year it looks like I'll have 7 days rolling over to next year.
Seeing this, my boss wants to change my holiday allowance to "take as much holiday as you want, as long as everything gets done".
Knowing me, my employer, and our contracts, this strikes me as a very, very bad idea, so I'm going to refuse to go along with it.
My questions for the hivemind are these...
1) Under UK employment law, is this actually legal? Can you have a holiday allowance that is (in theory) anywhere between 0 and 365?
2) A friend has implied that this would (potentially) become a benefit in kind, and open me up to all sorts of problems with the Inland Revenue. Can anyone give me any pointers?
I know none of you are my accountant, solicitor or tax advisor, but any thoughts or nudges in the right direction would be appreciated.