The idea that reductions in employee remuneration during periods of annual leave might act as a deterrent to workers taking holiday has once again been considered by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Hein v Albert Holzkamm GmbH & Co (C-385/17). The ECJ held that contractual overtime, where regular and predictable, should be included in holiday pay. However, it is not entirely clear whether the ECJ considered that the same or similar rules should apply to voluntary overtime.
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This article first appeared in the January/Febuary 2019 issue of PLC Magazine.