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Right to carry forward unused holiday is extended

April 8, 2020
Employment Law

Given the current situation, what happens if because of the coronavirus pandemic, some employees (particularly key workers, including those working in the health and social care sectors) are unable to take all their accrued holiday entitlement?

Well to address this issue, the Government has issued new regulations, namely the Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. These are specifically aimed at allowing workers to carry forward to the next holiday year leave they have been unable to take in the current holiday year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Technically, the new rules only apply to the four weeks of annual leave guaranteed by EU law. This holiday can be carried forward into the two leave years following the year in which the holiday accrued. However, employers of key workers may wish to consider adopting a more generous approach in respect of all holidays which staff cannot take because of the coronavirus outbreak.

If you need any further advice on this change in the law, please get in touch.

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