Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin has questioned Government ministers this week about the misunderstanding surrounding rights to paid holiday.
Research by national charity Citizens Advice found that half of people on zero-hour contracts and two out of five people on temporary contracts wrongly believe they are not entitled to paid holidays.
When the research was released, the Kirklees Citizens Advice Bureau said they were aware of the problem and that they were concerned that some employers might be deliberately misleading staff.
Ms Brabin (Lab) says she is concerned that hard-working local people are missing out because they don’t know their rights in the workplace.
Quizzing ministers from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department in Parliament, Ms Brabin asked: “Research by Citizens Advice found that half of people on zero hours contracts and two out of five people on temporary contracts wrongly believe they are not entitled to paid holidays, and Kirklees CAB has found employers deliberately misleading workers about their rights.
“What steps is he taking to make sure workers know their right to a fair holiday and what repercussions will there be for companies who mislead staff?”
Government ministers acknowledged the problem and claimed HMRC had been given more powers to deal with employers denying employees their rights.
Tracy Brabin MP commented after the debate: “It’s clearly very worrying that local people don't know of their right to a fair holiday.
“It’s of further concern to me that employers can exploit this misunderstanding of the law to deny workers their paid holidays.
“The government need to step up and let companies know there will be clear repercussions if they don’t play by the rules and deny staff their rights.
“I’m encouraging everyone to read up on their rights at work, if you’re on a temporary contract or zero-hours contract, you have many of the same rights as those in regular employment so don’t miss out.”