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Coronavirus and employment law: changes to annual leave carry-over

On Friday 27th March, the government announced another regulatory change to support businesses and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers unable to take their full annual leave entitlement as a result of COVID-19 will be able carry it over in to the next two leave years.

The majority of full-time employees are entitled to 28 days holiday, including bank holiday, each year and, in most cases, will lose any untaken holiday. However, these changes mean that in the instance that it is ‘not reasonably practical’ for an employee to take their leave due to COVID-19, they will be entitled to take them in the following two years. Additionally, the new regulations stipulate that an employer will require a ‘good reason’ to not allow a worker to take the carried over annual leave on particular days. 

If you have any questions on this, or any of the other employment law changes made in response to COVID-19, please contact:

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