Better late than never – the government has issued more detailed guidance setting out how to deal with holidays during the pandemic. From bank holidays to new rules on carry over, it’s all in there.
Click here to find the guidance in our ‘useful links’.
Confirmation that holiday (including bank holidays) can be taken during furlough – as you know, you’ll need to top up holiday pay to 100% of normal pay for days taken.
You can require employees to take holiday during furlough – provided you’ve explained why they’re being asked to do so and you’ve given them notice of twice the amount of holiday you want them to take (unless their employment contract says something different).
If you’re requiring employees to take holiday during furlough – consider any barriers to the employee resting, relaxing and enjoying their holiday. We’d recommend documenting your thoughts on the off chance you’re challenged in the future.
5.6 weeks’ holiday can be carried over to future holiday years with yours and the employees’ written agreement – if written agreement isn’t secured, then legally four weeks’ holiday can be carried over to the next two holiday years if it wasn’t reasonably practicable for the employee to take the holiday in the current holiday year for reasons connected to coronavirus.
The government has stated that furloughed workers are unlikely to need to carry forward holiday into future holiday years as they can take holiday during furlough.
Get in touch if you need to discuss holidays during the pandemic in more detail.
This update is accurate on the date it was sent (14 May 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.