paiyroll® automates holiday pay in 3 steps

1. Employees submit holiday

Worker holiday request
  • Holidays are submitted via the free app
  • Holiday pay estimate is shown before and after booking
  • Accrued holidays and holidays taken are also shown
  • Any device or browser can be used and no software is required
  • Alternatively, bookings can be automatically collected or uploaded from your HR or Time tracking system

2. Managers approve

Manager holiday approval
  • Managers are notified of any requests in My tasks
  • All holiday information is visible
  • Can approve or deny holiday
  • if not approved, the reason can be entered and sent back to the worker

3. View live holiday pay

Holiday pay on Live payslip
  • Immediately upon approval, holiday pay is automatically added to the payroll
  • The software automatically calculates holiday pay in the next pay run according to the rules
  • Workers can view their Live payslip anytime 24×7 to see holiday pay and all related deductions
  • The statutory weekly and daily pay is recorded

The law on holiday pay changed on 6-Apr-20


An employer cannot include an amount for holiday pay in the hourly rate (known as ‘rolled-up holiday pay’).

If a current contract still includes rolled-up pay, it needs to be renegotiated.

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If you regularly get paid overtime, commission or bonuses, your employer must include these payments in at least 4 weeks of your paid holiday.

Employers must now follow the new law which affects:

  • All Employees receiving regular overtime, commission or bonuses
  • Agency workers and zero-hours workers

The principle is that workers should receive the same pay while on holiday as they would at work.

Operating Holiday Pay

There are two essential aspects of the new law:

  1. When the holiday is taken, the employer will need to calculate holiday pay according to the new 52-week holiday pay reference period
  2. Employees/ workers must actually take their holiday entitlement and not just receive pay instead of a holiday

While some employers operate a holiday booking, approval and record-keeping system (digital or paper), others do not. For example, employers who previously used 12.07% rolled-up holiday pay, may not have used or required, holiday recording.

Because the law has changed, and because all workers must take paid holidays, all employers will now need to introduce a system to record holidays. Specifically, holiday recording must include the following to meet the new legislation:

Employees request holiday

Employers approve or deny requests

Calculate approved holiday pay

Pay the holiday pay on next pay run

The effects of changes are complex and time-consuming and affect multiple participants – employees, managers and holiday administrators.
However, using mobile, online cloud and automation, paiyroll® has been able to completely automate the new legislation.

Features of holiday pay in paiyroll®

  1. Allows the definition of a week to be customised e.g. Saturday to Sunday or the normal day of the week for weekly pay schedules
  2. Records every payment made by date to be able to perform the required weekly calculations looking back 104 weeks to find 52 paid weeks
  3. The software can import 104 weeks of historical pay data – critical otherwise it would require 2-years to accumulate enough data to be compliant
  4. Supports fixed, variable and no fixed hours (zero-hours contracts) working patterns
  5. Import data from existing payroll, HR, CRM or ERP systems
  6. The software allows you to specify only the Pay Items that need to be included in the holiday pay calculation
  7. If you pay monthly, 2 or 4-weekly, the software can record weekly data
  8. Generates records and reports for each holiday booking on each pay run
  9. Support both accrual and entitlement methods
  10. Unlimited number of holiday schemes for different types of workers
  11. The holiday reset date can be company defined or based on the worker’s anniversary date per the scheme
  12. Bookable days (which days count as booked holidays) per week can be specified per the scheme
  13. Holiday buy, sell and carry limits can be defined per the scheme
  14. The payout can be configured by the scheme on Leaving, at holiday year-end or not.

Full details of the new holiday pay legislation are covered in our resources here.

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If you’re interested in how paiyroll® can help you, why not meet payroll expert, Mark?

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