We have just become aware of a recent legal case, which may result in University of Leeds staff being owed hundreds in backpay. If you are a term-time only worker, or know someone who is, please read the following carefully. 

During a recent legal case bought by UNISON against Greenwich Council (Story here) it has become clear that a large number of UK employers have been miscalculating holiday pay for term-time only workers. Following an investigation, we believe that the University of Leeds may be one such employer.

As such, UNISON is bringing an action against the University of Leeds with a view to having the error corrected whilst also seeking backpay for lost earnings. We are only representing UNISON members.

What you need to do

Contact us at unison@leeds.ac.uk by no later than 22 October 2021.  We will send you a form to complete.

Not in UNISON?

If you have any co-workers who may have a claim, they should join UNISON immediately by using http://join.unison.org.uk/ and contact UNISON at unison@leeds.ac.uk by no later than 22 October 2021.

Please do not hesitate to act on this matter, as it is time sensitive.

Yours sincerely

University of Leeds UNISON Branch

FAQ’s- Term Time Holiday Pay Claims

Question- What’s going on then?

During a recent legal case bought by UNISON against Greenwich Council (Story here) it has become clear that a large number of UK employers have been miscalculating holiday pay for term-time only workers. It is UNISON’s understanding that some Higher Education employers in Yorkshire & Humberside may be incorrectly calculating holiday pay entitlement for term-time only workers. If this is the case, workers will have lost out financially when holiday pay is added to their pay packets during term time. As such, UNISON is bringing an action against these employers with a view to having the error corrected whilst also seeking backpay for lost earnings.

Case law states that anyone underpaid is entitled to up to 5 years 3 months’ back pay. Given that some term-time only workers may have been underpaid by as much as £400 a year, it is worth joining UNISON’s action. 

Question- Why might I be entitled to back pay or compensation?

You could be entitled to back pay if you are a term-time only worker. Term-time only workers are given an additional payment with their salary to cover the cost of holiday days outside of term time. Some employers have been incorrectly calculating the amount of holiday pay entitlement. This is not compensation, it is backpay as you have been underpaid for the work you have already done.

Question- Do I qualify to make a claim?

If you are a term-time only worker, or have been in the last five years, we would encourage you to join UNISON’s action.

Question- What do I have to do?

You need to be a member of UNISON (you can join using http://join.unison.org.uk/) and you need to complete the ‘Pay Claim Form’ which you can request by emailing us at unison@leeds.ac.uk. You may be asked to provide further information and be asked to sign a UNISON Case Form. UNISON will then act collectively on behalf of all affected members.

Question- I am a part-time worker, casual worker or a zero-hours contract worker. Can I still apply?

No.  A term-time only contract means that an employee only works during teaching weeks, in most cases for 38 or 40 weeks a year. However, we are willing to look at any case, regardless of employment status.

Question- do I need to be in UNISON?

Yes, UNISON only represents its members. You can join now at http://join.unison.org.uk/