Holiday entitlement and maternity leave: ask the expert


Am I entitled to use up the rest of my holiday entitlement before I go on maternity leave?

Answer by Sandra Beale

An employer can refuse that holiday is taken if inconvenient. Holiday can be tagged onto the end of maternity leave. Statutory holiday can not be paid in lieu so if carried over into a new year statutory leave must be taken then. If holiday is enhanced those days can be paid in lieu provided this is written in the contract.


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  1. Anonymous says:
    02/10/2013 at 12:00 am  

    I was due to begin a fortnight's holiday in a few days and then immediately after begin my maternity leave. I have just been informed by my manager that after speaking to HR this is not allowed and that holidays will be accrued and given at the end of my maternity leave. Is this correct?

    Editor: You can take holiday before or after maternity leave, but employers can refuse to give leave at a certain time. However, they cannot refuse to let workers take leave at all. There are regulations about the amount of notice they have to give with regard to a refusal – see

  2. Hannah says:
    05/05/2015 at 7:09 pm  


    If i started work part time 16 hours per week, on a prorata basis. How many days holiday am i allowed until 30th August.


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