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Concurrent holiday for all – new holiday rules from 1 September 2020

Watch a short film (only in danish) that explains the new holiday rules: https://www.regeringen.dk/nyheder/aftale-om-ny-ferielov/ny-ferielov-film/

If you are an international employee an already having an agreement on concurrent holiday, you will switch to the new holiday rules still having (the new) concurrent holiday on 1 September 2020.

The transitional year: 1 September 2019 – 31 August 2020
The new holiday rules will enter into force on 1 September 2020, and you will switch to concurrent holiday.

The last year before the transition to concurrent holiday will be a transitional year, running from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020.

The holiday you earn in the transitional year will be frozen and saved to a new fund, Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler (transfered holiday from the previous year will not be frozen), CLICK HERE. The reason for the transitional year is that employees will otherwise have up to one year of earned holiday left over when the new Danish Holiday Act takes effect.

You will have the frozen entitlement paid out of Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler when you reach retirement age or leave the labour market.

Holiday in the transitional year
In the transitional year, you will be able to take holiday in the usual way.

From 1 May to 31 August 2020, you will be able to take the holiday you have accrued in the period up to the freeze, i.e. days accrued in the period from 1 January to 31 August 2019. With full accrual, you will have earned 16.6 holiday days. If you have transferred holiday days from previous years, they will be added to the 16.6 holiday days.

If you wish to take more than 16.6 holiday days during the summer holiday period in 2020, or if you wish to take a whole week’s autumn holiday, you must transfer holiday from the previous year so it can be used from 1 May 2020.

When the new Danish Holiday Act takes effect on 1 September 2020, you can take holiday as you earn it, i.e. 2.08 holiday days per month. It may therefore be a good idea to transfer some days of holiday if you want to take a whole week’s autumn holiday, as you will not have saved up five new holiday days by mid-October 2020.

Because you can take holiday as you earn it after the transition to concurrent holiday, you will also be able to take your usual 25 days of paid holiday in the transitional year.  

Any holiday earned in the period from 1 January to 31 August 2019 (the 16.6 holiday days based on full accrual) not used by 30 August 2020 will be automatically transferred to the new holiday year starting on 1 September 2020.

Concurrent holiday from 1 September 2020
The new holiday rules mean that employees can take holiday as they earn it (concurrent holiday). Holiday is earned from 1 September to 31 August (the holiday year).

Holidays can be taken as they are accrued and for 16 months thereafter, i.e. they must be taken in the period from 1 September to 31 December (the holiday period). You will continue to earn 2.08 days of holiday per month, i.e. 25 days of holiday per year.

Special holidays
Special holidays are not covered by the Danish Holiday Act. The labour market parties must agree on how the special holidays should be earned and taken when the new holiday rules enter into force. It is expected that special holidays will be accrued and taken in the same way as ordinary holiday days.

The details of the new Danish Holiday Act
The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration is expected to prepare a new holiday agreement. A link to this new holiday agreement will be available on this website when it is published in 2019.

The details of the new Danish Holiday Act concerning e.g. inability to take holiday (holiday obstacles), transfer of holiday days etc. will be described in more detail on this website as the transition to concurrent holiday approaches. Most of the rules from the current Danish Holiday Act will remain in effect.

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