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Legal News | 19.02.21

Carrying over annual leave

The law on annual leave carry over was relaxed as a response to coronavirus in order to help employers who were under pressure to manage their workforce. Although annual leave could be taken during furlough and could even be enforced during that time, an employer may have had a rule that no annual leave was permitted due to the required uplift to 100% pay.

Legislation now gives employees and workers the statutory right to carry-over their first basic 4 week entitlement into the next two leave years. This is if it is not ‘reasonably practicable’ to take it in the current leave year. This does not extend to the additional (1.6 week) entitlement because it is already permissible to carry that over subject to relevant agreement.

If you would like more specific advice on how these changes could affect your business please get in touch with your usual contact or email: emma.jewell@wansbroughs.com.