New rules on annual leave

As the end of the year, and end of the leave year for some, approaches here is something you might have missed. 

The Working Time Regulations have been amended to give workers an entitlement to carry over 4 weeks of their annual

leave if they are unable to take it because of coronavirus. Annual leave continues to accrue during lay off/furlough, therefore potentially putting quite a few businesses in this position. 


The Working Time Regulations already enabled up to 1.6 weeks of statutory minimum annual leave to be carried over to the next leave year with agreement from an employer, and the new rules do not change this. However they now provide the ability to carry forward the first four weeks of statutory annual leave into the next two leave years after 2020. This can be applied to employees if:


  • they are self-isolating, or are too sick to take holiday before the end of their leave year
  • they have been temporarily sent home as there’s no work (‘laid off’ or ‘put on furlough’)
  • they’ve had to continue working and could not take paid holiday

If you do not have a leave policy in place, or would like to know more about how this can be applied to your business please get in touch. 

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