Coronavirus-hit workers now legally allowed to carry over annual leave
British workers will legally be able to carry their annual leave over after coronavirus decimated holiday plans.
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual holidays because of the coronavirus crisis will be able to carry it over into the next two years, the Government has announced.
Most workers are entitled to 28 days' holiday including bank holidays every year.
However many can;t be carried between each year, meaning workers lose their holiday if they do not take it.
But after government intervention, employers also face financial penalties if they do not ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year.
Interventions announced on Friday will allow up to four weeks of unused leave to be carried into the next two leave years.
The Government said the changes will ensure all employers affected by Covid-19 have the flexibility to allow workers to carry over leave at a time when granting it could leave them short-staffed in some of Britain's key industries, such as food and healthcare.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: "Whether it is in our hospitals, or our supermarkets, people are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"Today's changes will mean these valued employees do not lose out on the annual leave they are entitled to as a result of their efforts, and employers are not penalised."
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Environment Secretary George Eustice said: "From our fields to our supermarkets, we are hugely grateful to the many people working around the clock to keep the nation fed.
"At this crucial time, relaxing laws on statutory leave will help ensure key workers can continue the important work to keep supplies flowing, but without losing the crucial time off they are entitled to.
"We welcome the measures the food industry is already taking to keep shelves stocked and supply chains resilient, and will continue to support them with their response to coronavirus."
The changes will amend the Working Time Regulations, which apply to almost all workers, including agency workers, those who work irregular hours, and workers on zero-hours contracts.
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