I'm in the UK and I've recently changed jobs. My old job gave me 25 holiday days per calendar year and since January I'd taken 13 of them, giving me 12 days holiday remaining at the time I handed in my notice.
When handing in my notice I wasn't given the opportunity to take these holiday days as holiday, but instead I was told I'd be paid for the days I had remaining.
This morning I've found my final payslip along with a copy of my P45 in the post. It contains the following:
Your holiday entitlement pro-rata for 1st January to 10th August is 15 days, so three days pay have been added to the payslip.
I was expecting 12 days worth of pay for my remaining holidays, but have instead only received pay for three of them. The contract I signed mentioned nothing about holiday accruing over the course of the year, and instead explicitly states:
HOLIDAYS: 25 days per annum.
I'd been at this company for over three years, and in 2015 I had used up all 25 of my annual holiday days by March, so there was no system in place to prevent me from using up all 25 of my annual holiday days right near the start of the year. This means that I could have used up all 25 of my holiday days at my old job prior to handing in my notice.
This has left me feeling as though I'm owed 9 days worth of holiday pay. I've come here to simply ask: is this normal practice or have I seen these 9 days taken away from me unfairly?