COVID-19 Update – Workers Can Carry Over Holiday for 2 Years

COVID-19 Update – Workers Can Carry Over Holiday for 2 Years

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.

Currently workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks holiday including bank holidays each year. However, most of this entitlement cannot be carried between leave years, meaning workers lose their holiday if they do not take it. There is also an obligation on employers to ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year.

The regulations will allow up to 4 weeks of unused leave to be carried into the next 2 leave years. This will mean staff can continue working in the national effort against the coronavirus without losing out on annual leave entitlement.

The government guidance for this topic can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rules-on-carrying-over-annual-leave-to-be-relaxed-to-support-key-industries-during-covid-19

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