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      Sandals Resorts expands into St. Vincent with Buccament Bay acquisition

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      Luxury all-inclusive specialist Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is expanding to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, its eighth island in the Caribbean, and a new destination for the brand, following the acquisition of Buccament Bay Spa and Resort. The resort, which has been shuttered as a failed development since 2016, will be completely transformed to become […]

      29% increase in last-minute holiday requests as temperatures soar in June heatwave

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      HR software and employment law specialist BrightHR has reported a 29% increase in annual leave requests made via its platform this week, compared with a week earlier as UK workers look to take some last-minute leave and enjoy the heatwave. Alan Price, an employment law expert and CEO at BrightHR, commented on the last-minute holiday […]

      Warning on pending annual leave crisis due to Coronavirus

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      The coronavirus pandemic has seen 46% of full-time employees cancelling an average of seven days of annual leave, new research shows, highlighting an incoming annual leave crisis for employers. The survey of 2002 full-time UK workers, carried out by timetastic.co.uk, also found that 36% of employees haven’t heard anything from their employers regarding what will happen […]

      VIDEO: Do you suffer from F.O.A.L (fear of annual leave)?

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      Millions of workers aren’t taking all of their annual leave – because they have too much work to do, or feel their boss wouldn’t approve it. A poll of 2,000 office workers found that out of the average 28-day entitlement, 28 per cent of staff leave five days a year unclaimed. One in 10 adults […]

      Escaping the in-laws with a festive getaway? You’re not the only one

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      Millions of Brits are planning a festive getaway this Christmas – to escape the in-laws. A study of 2,000 adults found two fifths are planning to spend the big day away from home, with 17 per cent even choosing to go abroad. One in five admit their main reason for taking a break is to […]

      Legal industry ‘most reluctant to adopt unlimited holidays’

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      Taking too many holidays is still frowned upon in 28% of UK workplaces. That’s the conclusion of research by Perkbox, which surveyed 1,342 UK employees, revealing that it’s the Legal industry where ‘taking holidays’ was most taboo, with 39% of those surveyed believing this to be the case. This was followed closely by the Sales, Media and […]

      Bank holidays: Good or bad for small businesses?

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      By Conor McArdle, Opus Energy August is a wonderful time of year. The sun (should) make an appearance, and we have another bank holiday to look forward to at the end of the month. Opinion is split, however, on whether bank holidays are good or bad from an economic perspective. In 2012, headlines warned that bank holidays cost […]

      Do you suffer from ‘guilty vacation syndrome’?

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      Two thirds of working Brits have experienced ‘guilty vacation syndrome’ – described as the nagging urge to cancel or delay vacation due to guilt. That’s according to research commissioned by Perkbox, which suggests the trend might be the reason burnout is on the rise. The research, which surveyed 1,342 people, found that the ‘syndrome’ is […]

      Can your boss legally reject a holiday request, even though you’ve booked flights?

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      We’ve all been tempted before. You start browsing flights to exotic locations on Skyscanner and spot a bargain. You want to book them before they increase in price but you haven’t submitted a holiday request yet. Can your boss legally reject your holiday request even though you have booked the flights? Alan Price, CEO and HR […]

      Are you ready for the ‘Frantic Friday’ getaway?

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      Motorists are being warned to prepare for a ‘Frantic Friday’ this week due to millions of drivers hitting the road and a predicted increase in breakdowns. Department for Transport figures show August is the busiest month on British roads and Friday is the busiest day of the week for traffic. More cars also break down […]