Holiday rules relaxed due to Coronavirus

Published:  30 March, 2020

Garage staff who have not been able to take all of their statutory annual leave due to the Coronavirus outbreak will now be able to carry it over into the next two years, government has said.

The measures, designed to ensure workers don’t lose their leave entitlement, were announced by Business Secretary Alok Sharma on Friday (27 March).

Currently, almost all workers are entitled to 28 days holiday including bank holidays each year. However, most of this entitlement cannot be carried between leave years, meaning workers lose their holiday if they do not take it.

There is also an obligation on employers to ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year – failure to do so could result in a financial penalty. The regulations will allow up to four weeks of unused leave to be carried into the next two leave years, easing the requirements on business to ensure that workers take statutory amount of annual leave in any one year.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said “People are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The changes will mean these valued employees do not lose out on the annual leave they are entitled to as a result of their efforts, and employers are not penalised.”

The changes will amend the Working Time Regulations, which apply to almost all workers, including agency workers, those who work irregular hours, and workers on zero-hours contracts.

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