The Government has passed emergency legislation to relax the restrictions on carrying leave between leave years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What the Legislation States
• Where it has not been reasonably practicable for a worker to take some or all of their holiday due to the effects of COVID-19, the untaken amount may be carried forward into the following two leave years.
• This does not apply if workers are still able to take leave; in these circumstances, you still need to facilitate leave being taken in the leave year to which it normally relates.
• Examples of where it may not be reasonable to take holiday include:
Where the business has faced an increase in demand due to COVID-19 that would reasonably require the worker to continue to be at work.
The health of the worker and how soon they need to take a period of rest and relaxation.
• You should do everything reasonably practicable to ensure that the worker is able to take as much of their leave as possible to prevent burn out.
• Note that any leave outside of the 5.6 weeks’ statutory entitlement is outside the scope of legislation.