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Tesco holiday pay

Hi All
I used to work for Tesco but was dismissed on the 4th of this month for misconduct (poor attendance which I do think was over exaggerated considering I have a day off every 2 or 3 months) but either way they let me go and I stupidly forgot to ask about all this. I’m pretty sure holiday allowance resets on the 1st April every year. I was dismissed on the 4th so does anyone think I’ll be owed my unused holiday allowance which should be all of it? Just not sure if I’ll only be paid for my already worked hours from last month or if I’ll get my holiday pay in my last payslip?

I appreciate all answers or suggestions
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Original post by Kieran7841
Hi All
I used to work for Tesco but was dismissed on the 4th of this month for misconduct (poor attendance which I do think was over exaggerated considering I have a day off every 2 or 3 months) but either way they let me go and I stupidly forgot to ask about all this. I’m pretty sure holiday allowance resets on the 1st April every year. I was dismissed on the 4th so does anyone think I’ll be owed my unused holiday allowance which should be all of it? Just not sure if I’ll only be paid for my already worked hours from last month or if I’ll get my holiday pay in my last payslip?
I appreciate all answers or suggestions

I had a similar problem a few years ago working at another high street supermarket chain and i had a dismissal decision overturned after engaging with Citizens Advice Bureau and had one of their representatives contact the employer. I didn't return to my position at the company but I did receive compensation. Hope that helps.
Original post by Kieran7841
Hi All
I used to work for Tesco but was dismissed on the 4th of this month for misconduct (poor attendance which I do think was over exaggerated considering I have a day off every 2 or 3 months) but either way they let me go and I stupidly forgot to ask about all this. I’m pretty sure holiday allowance resets on the 1st April every year. I was dismissed on the 4th so does anyone think I’ll be owed my unused holiday allowance which should be all of it? Just not sure if I’ll only be paid for my already worked hours from last month or if I’ll get my holiday pay in my last payslip?

I appreciate all answers or suggestions

Holiday entitlements are almost always per year and are based upon the assumption that you work for the full year. If you only work half the year, then you only get half the entitlement. If you only work a quarter of the year, then you only get a quarter of the entitlement. Etc.

If the holiday allowance resets on 1st April and you were dismissed on 4th April, then your holiday entitlement will be 3/365 of your full-year holiday allowance. That'll effectively be zero days.

When you say, "I have a day off every 2 or 3 months", would you call in sick or just not turn up?
Original post by Kieran7841
Hi All
I used to work for Tesco but was dismissed on the 4th of this month for misconduct (poor attendance which I do think was over exaggerated considering I have a day off every 2 or 3 months) but either way they let me go and I stupidly forgot to ask about all this. I’m pretty sure holiday allowance resets on the 1st April every year. I was dismissed on the 4th so does anyone think I’ll be owed my unused holiday allowance which should be all of it? Just not sure if I’ll only be paid for my already worked hours from last month or if I’ll get my holiday pay in my last payslip?
I appreciate all answers or suggestions

Hi Kieran

Just want to ask you if you happened to use all of last year holiday entitlement ( April 1st 2023 upto 31st March 2024 ) as if you have then you'll not be entitled to any holiday payments from Tesco.

If you haven't used all of your 23/24 holiday entitlement then you'll need to contact Tesco HR regarding this matter asap and get it sorted out.
You'll have to request Tesco HR to pay you any unused annual leave holiday entitlement if you had any left over..... Once you request this then they will pay you asap or the next available payday.

As you have just been dismissed on 4th April 2024 then you'll not be entitled to any holiday payments as you haven't completed a full month 😞 😞.

Yes Tesco holiday entitlement year starts on the 1st April each year.


For you thinking you been dismissed - BAD attendance can unfortunately lead to you being dismissed from your employment as you would have been given warnings about your attendance and you haven't enproved your work attendance so therefore they came to a conclusion that you have been off to many times and they decided to let you go. Sickness levels are a certain % over the year and you said you took a day off here and there every so often which means you probably had about 6 days of over the last holiday year of 2023/2024

This is Tesco policy on sickness levels below.......

How many sick days are you allowed at Tesco.......
Tesco's attendance management policy is called supporting your attendance. Supporting your attendance is based on 'triggers' of 3% unplanned absence or three separate occasions of absence in a rolling 26 week period. All staff have a welcome back meeting on their return to work where their absence level is calculated.


Have you actually discussed this matter with your union representative.


A team leader and I occasionally stand in as supervisor with Tesco.
Reply 4
Original post by DataVenia
Holiday entitlements are almost always per year and are based upon the assumption that you work for the full year. If you only work half the year, then you only get half the entitlement. If you only work a quarter of the year, then you only get a quarter of the entitlement. Etc.
If the holiday allowance resets on 1st April and you were dismissed on 4th April, then your holiday entitlement will be 3/365 of your full-year holiday allowance. That'll effectively be zero days.
When you say, "I have a day off every 2 or 3 months", would you call in sick or just not turn up?

I would always call in sick, I would never not just show up. I was there for 12 months and done quite a lot of overtime on my contracted hours (3 days a week contracted) too. I didn’t realise it worked like that so I appreciate the reply
Reply 5
Original post by Tracey_W
Hi Kieran
Just want to ask you if you happened to use all of last year holiday entitlement ( April 1st 2023 upto 31st March 2024 ) as if you have then you'll not be entitled to any holiday payments from Tesco.
If you haven't used all of your 23/24 holiday entitlement then you'll need to contact Tesco HR regarding this matter asap and get it sorted out.
You'll have to request Tesco HR to pay you any unused annual leave holiday entitlement if you had any left over..... Once you request this then they will pay you asap or the next available payday.
As you have just been dismissed on 4th April 2024 then you'll not be entitled to any holiday payments as you haven't completed a full month 😞 😞.
Yes Tesco holiday entitlement year starts on the 1st April each year.
For you thinking you been dismissed - BAD attendance can unfortunately lead to you being dismissed from your employment as you would have been given warnings about your attendance and you haven't enproved your work attendance so therefore they came to a conclusion that you have been off to many times and they decided to let you go. Sickness levels are a certain % over the year and you said you took a day off here and there every so often which means you probably had about 6 days of over the last holiday year of 2023/2024
This is Tesco policy on sickness levels below.......
How many sick days are you allowed at Tesco.......
Tesco's attendance management policy is called supporting your attendance. Supporting your attendance is based on 'triggers' of 3% unplanned absence or three separate occasions of absence in a rolling 26 week period. All staff have a welcome back meeting on their return to work where their absence level is calculated.
Have you actually discussed this matter with your union representative.
A team leader and I occasionally stand in as supervisor with Tesco.

Hi Tracy
I appreciate the reply. I was given a warning pretty much every time I was sick so I do believe they done it fair. That’s not really the issue since it was done fairly legally speaking but I wasn’t sure if I would have any unused holiday reset from the 1st. I did use last year’s allowance unfortunately so it looks like I’m just owed my worked hours. I was paying from my payslip for USDAW so I could maybe contact them and try to find out. I appreciate the information and time put into your response again
Original post by Kieran7841
Hi Tracy
I appreciate the reply. I was given a warning pretty much every time I was sick so I do believe they done it fair. That’s not really the issue since it was done fairly legally speaking but I wasn’t sure if I would have any unused holiday reset from the 1st. I did use last year’s allowance unfortunately so it looks like I’m just owed my worked hours. I was paying from my payslip for USDAW so I could maybe contact them and try to find out. I appreciate the information and time put into your response again
You are welcome.


If like you said about using your holiday allocation for last year then yes you're right that you'll only be entitled to any hours worked upto and hopefully including the 4th April.

If they only given you a verbal warning each time then they haven't done things properly as you should have been given a verbal warning the first time, then second time a verbal warning and also a written warning and same thing until you reach the final stage when they have dismissed you....

Definitely speak to your usdaw representative or phone the usdaw local office if there's one in your area and ask if you can arrange a meeting with one of the union representatives and discuss everything with them.

I used to be union representative myself but gave it up in 2016 as I couldn't do it due to going to university full time ( I still worked throughout my university degree part time with Tesco and even after completing my degree I'm still with Tesco.

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