Monday, 25 January 2021

Key steps to manage holiday entitlements during this ongoing pandemic.

The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (the 'Regulations') introduces a temporary change to the Working Time Regulations 1998 which extends the circumstances in which statutory leave can be carried over to subsequent holiday years to include situations where it is not ‘reasonably practicable’ to take leave due to coronavirus. Up to four weeks of holiday is allowed to be carried over for up to two years.

During this pandemic, it is important to proactively manage holiday entitlements so that you are not left short-staffed after the pandemic with lots of staff wanting to take holiday at the same time:

  • Monitor individual holiday allowances over the coming months.
  • If possible, encourage workers to take their holidays when they can during the current holiday year. Employers should be mindful of the benefits of maintaining good mental health and well being for employees and the importance of timely rest.
  • If necessary, consider requiring employees to take their holiday at certain times.
  • If you have employees on furlough consider how you will approach the issue of holidays.

Contact our Employment Team at or on 01952 525984 for advice and assistance regarding holidays or any other HR matter during this pandemic.