Right to carry over statutory annual leave for two years introduced

Implementation date: 26 March 2020

The Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/365) provide that workers have the right to carry forward untaken statutory holiday for two years where it has not been reasonably practicable to take the leave due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The measure is to protect workers from losing their four-week minimum statutory holiday entitlement under reg.13 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833) and to provide employers with flexibility and staff to deal with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.