The Government published some helpful guidance

The Government published some helpful guidance yesterday confirming the situation around holidays whilst on furlough.

The guidance confirms that:

  • Employers can require employees to take holiday during furlough, subject to giving appropriate notice
  • Employers can also cancel holiday during furlough subject to the same notice requirements
    contractual holiday continues to accrue and not just statutory
  • Workers on furlough can take holiday whilst furloughed without it affecting the furlough period
  • Holidays and bank holidays taken during furlough must be paid at the full contractual rate
  • In situations where workers are unable to take their 4 weeks statutory leave due to the impact of coronavirus, they can carry this forwards for up to two years.

The full guidance is available at:

Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus

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