Under the on-going Covid 19 pandemic, it is not surprising that taking a holiday this year has not been high on the agenda of most employees.
But the legal entitlement to holidays still exists, and what is the position when holiday leave mounts up and is not taken?
Furthermore, will the potential for staff to take a large amount of holiday time next year after vaccinations, make the idea more attractive?
Technically, as the employer, you can make staff take their holidays on certain dates, for example, but the law requires you to provide twice as much notice as the period of leave to be taken.
New regulations were introduced in March last year (2020) regarding holiday carry-over. Staff have a right to carry up to 20 statutory days of leave into the next two leave years where it is not “reasonably practicable” to take some, or all, of the holiday they are entitled to. As the employer, you can still require them to take some holiday,
If an employee takes their annual leave while they are on furlough, you must pay them for that annual leave at their normal rate of pay, rather than the reduced furlough rate.
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