It seems that while redundancies and restructures continue to occur across most industries, more and more employees are feeling the pressure of doing everything they can to avoid the chop.

Employees who are feeling the pressure from their employers or third parties to forgo their right to take paid holiday for fear of losing their job are in real danger of suffering from health issues.

In this country the Working Time Regulations 1998 provides workers with the basic right to a minimum of 28 days holiday (inclusive of public holidays) for full-timer (pro rata for part-timers). Prevention of this right is unlawful and anyone in this situation should seek legal advice. Employers should also be aware that in acting in this manner, they are exposing their company to a litigation risk.