Exceptional COVID-19 Annual Leave Carry Over and Temp Holiday Policy

Updated 20th May 2020

The government introduced a temporary new law allowing employees and workers to carry over up to 4 weeks paid holiday over a 2 year period. This law was brought in to support key industries where employees are unable to take their holiday due to COVID-19.

This law applies for any holiday an employee does not take because of the Coronavirus, for example if they are self-isolating or too sick to take holiday before the end for their leave year. This also applies to employees that have been temporarily sent home as there is no work and put on furlough. In addition this also applies if an employee has had to continue working and does not have the opportunity to take holiday.

However, all employees are still encouraged to take their full annual leave entitlement each year.

Should you require specific advice on any question please do get in contact with Sally Phillips, the MD of Ward Williams HR Limited. Tel 01932 830664. Email sally.phillips@wardwilliams.co.uk.