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Remember to take your holidays – otherwise they might be lost

If you have transferred holiday time from the short holiday year, you should pay special attention to taking your holiday time, otherwise you risk it being lost.

You were granted 16.64 holiday days on 1 May 2020, which were to be used for holidays during the period of 1 May 2020 – 31 August 2020. If you did not manage to use your holiday days during this period, they were automatically transferred to the holiday period 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2021. There is a special rule that applies to these holiday days: they can neither be transferred nor paid out if you do not manage to take them by the end of 2021 at the latest, unless you are affected by a holiday obstacle. If you have a holiday obstacle and are not sure what it means, you can contact your professional representative or Finansforbundet.

Therefore, if your holiday balance is full of holidays from the short holiday year, you should already be planning how to get the days settled before the end of the year.

There is not the same hurry for holiday days transferred from the old Holiday Act (holidays that were originally supposed to have been taken by 31 April 2020). If these days are not taken by 31 December 2021, they will be paid out at the begin-ning of 2022. Alternatively, you can also enter into a written agreement with your employer to transfer them to the next holiday period.

Holiday days earned after the new Holiday Act from 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021 must be taken by 31 December 2021. Payment is automatically made for the 5th holiday week if it has not been taken, unless you enter a written agreement with your employer on transferring the holiday days to the next holiday period.

Example

An employee has 10 days of transferred holiday time from the old Holiday Act (holidays that were originally supposed to have been taken by 30 April 2020) which have been transferred from the short holiday year to the new holiday period (1 Sep-tember 2020 – 31 August 2021). The employee has also transferred 16.64 holiday days from the short holiday year to the new holiday period.

The employee takes 20 days of holiday time during the holiday period 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021.

The employee can be paid for or enter into a written agreement on the transfer of 15 holiday days corresponding to the 10 days of transferred holiday days from the old Holiday Act + 5 days from the 5th holiday week. However, the 16.64 days from the short holiday year are lost, as they can neither be paid out nor transferred.

Special terms for employees on maternity leave or sick leave

If you are on maternity leave, on sick leave or have another holiday obstacle, you have the option of transferring unpaid holidays to the next holiday period. This also applies to transferred holidays from the short holiday year. The transfer agreement should be made in writing.