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Entering annual leave this Holiday period

By The Team | December 12, 2011

HOW TO ENTER ANNUAL LEAVE DETAILS – CHRISTMAS 2011

The three most common scenarios for paying staff over the holiday period are:

(1)        the payroll is processed on the normal paydays over the holiday period and staff work the days in between Christmas and New Year.

(2)        the staff are paid out for all their annual leave in full before they go on holiday.

(3)        The staff are on holiday until the 9th January (or longer) but are paid each week on the normal pay days.

Choose the scenario that fits your company.

1.         THE PAYROLL IS PROCESSED ON THE NORMAL PAYDAYS OVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD and STAFF WORK THE DAYS IN BETWEEN

This company has a Monday-Sunday payroll.  The employee works up until Friday 23rd December and is paid normally for that week.

The following week the employee works the days in between Christmas and New Year and because Monday and Tuesday are statutory holidays, the pay details may look like this:

In the above example the employee is paid for 2 statutory holidays, 26th and 27th December and works for 3 days up until New Year’s Eve.
 

The following week the employee is paid for 2 statutory holidays on 3rd and 4th January, and works the next three days.  (See example above).

 2.         COMPANY CLOSES DOWN FOR HOLIDAY PERIOD, STAFF PAID FOR 3  WEEKS

This company closes down for the holidays and staff are paid out their holiday pay beforehand.  This company closes down on Friday the 23rd  December and reopens on Monday 9th January 2012.

The staff are given all their pay for the 3 weeks together.

Note: The taxable periods have changed to 3 as this employee is being paid for 3 pays.  This means that the tax for the 3 pays will be spread correctly over 3 taxable periods.

3.         THE STAFF ARE ON HOLIDAY UNTIL THE 10TH JANUARY BUT ARE PAID EACH WEEK ON THE NORMAL PAYDAYS 

The staff are paid as normal on the week leading up to Christmas.

The following week the staff receive a statutory holiday for the 26th and 27th December, and then 3 annual leave days for the 29th, 30th and 31st December.

The following week Monday and Tuesday are again paid as statutory holidays (2nd  and 3rd January).  The following three days are paid as annual leave days.

Note:  The taxable periods have changed to 3 as this employee is being paid for 3 pays.  This means that the tax for the 3 pays will be spread correctly over 3 taxable periods.  The number of days paid are 15 in this case.

3.         THE STAFF ARE ON HOLIDAY UNTIL THE 9TH JANUARY BUT ARE PAID EACH WEEK ON THE NORMAL PAYDAYS (instead of receiving all their pay for 3 weeks at once)

The staff are paid as normal on the week leading up to Christmas.
The following week the staff receive a statutory holiday for the 26th and 27th December, and then 3 annual leave days for the 28th, 29th and 30th December.

The following week Monday and Tuesday are again paid as statutory holidays (2nd  and 3rd January).  The next three days are paid as annual leave days.

What happens when staff normally work on Sundays?

This year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday and Boxing Day and the 2nd of January fall on a Monday.

There are no special rules for Boxing Day or the 2nd of January; these public holidays are observed on the days they fall.  Special rules will apply to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day because they fall on a Sunday.

For employees who normally work on a Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are observed on that day. 

For employees who normally do not work on Sunday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are transferred to the following Tuesday (27 December 2011 and 3 January 2012).

Please contact the SmartPayroll Helpdesk on 0800 10 10 38 if you need help entering the pays over the Christmas holiday period.