Changes to holiday entitlement (COVID-19)

Employees, who are unable to take their full annual leave entitlement because of COVID-19, will be able carry it over in to the next two leave years.

As part of the Government’s commitment to helping the British public at this time of national emergency, changes to the standard holiday entitlement of employees have been announced.

Many full-time employees are entitled to 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays. In most cases, if employees do not take their annual leave entitlement, they will lose it.

The government changes mean that where it is ‘not reasonably practical’ for an employee to take their annual leave due to COVID-19, they will now be allowed to carry over the leave to the following two leave years.

These new regulations state that an employer needs to give a ‘valid reason’ to not allow a worker to take the carried over annual leave on particular days.

If you have any questions regarding annual leave entitlement or any other aspect of Employment Law, including the changes made in response to COVID-19, please contact us on 02392 50 55 00 or email