Holidays and Coronavirus – Carryover of Leave

Posted in : Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 20 November 2020
Kiera Lee
Mills Selig
Issues covered: Holidays; Carrying over Annual Leave; Working Time and Leave; Coronavirus

The emergency legislation, The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020, relaxes the restriction on carrying over the four weeks' leave derived from the Working Time Directive (WTD) with effect from 26 March 2020.

What Has Been Amended?

  • Regulation 15 has been amended to allow workers to carry over any unused leave where it was not ‘reasonably practicable’ to take it in the leave year ‘as a result of the effects of the coronavirus’.
  • Leave can be carried over for the two leave years following the leave year in which it accrues.
  • Employers will only be able to require a worker not to take carried-over leave on particular days where they have a ‘good reason’ to

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This article is correct at 20/11/2020

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Kiera Lee
Mills Selig

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