Carrying Over Holiday Allowance Covid19
Have you realised carrying over holiday allowance Covid19 rules are coming to an end?
In 2020, the government introduced a law allowing employees and workers to carry over up to four weeks (20 days) statutory paid annual leave into the next two holiday leave years. This law applied for any holiday the employee or worker could not take because of COVID-19.
With Covid-19 hopefully behind us, we must bear in mind staff accrual of up to four weeks paid leave is now due to be taken.
If not already considered, employers should be ensuring their employees and or workers have taken or will be taking their accrued leave before the end of the year. While it is imagined most staff will have been able to take their accrued leave following the relaxation of covid rules in February / March 2022, employers may have employees that have not taken their required paid leave.
What are the options for employers?
There are a few options open to ensure carrying over holiday allowance Covid19 is taken in the first instance.
Employers should communicate with their teams now to ensure they have booked, or will be booking paid leave to be taken by no later than the end of the year.
On the odd occasion they have an employee or worker who is unwilling to request and or commit to leave of their own accord, an employer can give written notice of a formal instruction to take their accrued annual leave. This must be done in writing and an employer must give double the notice for the time the employer wishes them to take. So if an employer wants an employee or worker to take 5 days paid leave, they must give 10 full days’ notice.
If an employee or worker has had ample opportunity and reasonable reminder to take their leave but has been unable to take leave due to maternity leave or sickness and you have a contractual provision, the employee may well be in a position where they lose the accrued leave.
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We understand situations like this and many other Employment Law questions from employees can be confusing. At NORI HR and Employment Law we are here to answer questions for our clients 24/7/365 days a year. We also provide intuitive online HR Management Software that means all employee and workers holiday requests, approvals, rejections and accruals are managed through an online people management software tool. No matter where your teams are located around the country, employees and workers can access their personal account to make and manage requests and management teams can have a complete organisation or departmental overview to manage resources.
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