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

On this page you will find information about Denmark’s new Holiday Act, which enters into force on 1 September 2020, and which means that all employees will switch to concurrent holiday. Concurrent holiday, means that the holiday earned during the year can also be taken on an ongoing basis. 

Video: Watch a short film (in danish) that explains the new holiday rules.

If you have earned your full holiday entitlement, you will have 16.6 days of holiday at your disposal for summer 2020. Special holidays will be added to this.

You can also take autumn holiday in 2020 as you will have accrued 2.08 ordinary holidays in September 2020 and will have your special holidays, which are remaining unchanged. If you still come up short for the autumn holidays or Christmas in 2020, it will be possible when the new Holiday Act has come into force to agree to take holiday you have not yet earned. Generally, it will not be necessary to request to transfer holidays to 2020.

Find out about the possibility of transferring your 5th holiday week and special holidays here, where you can also find forms for the transfer.

The new Holiday Act in brief

What is happening right now, in preparation for the new Holiday Act?

You will have your ordinary holiday entitlement to use for the holiday year 2019/20 available from 1 May, and can take holiday in the usual way. In other words, in the holiday year 2019/20, with a full entitlement, you will have five weeks of holiday and five special holiday days available.

In the period 1 January 2019 – 31 August 2019, you will also accrue holiday as usual. The holiday will be available from 1 May 2020. In this period, you will earn 16.6 days, which will be available for use in the summer period in 2020. You will also have accrued special holidays, which you can use in the summer 2020.

The ‘transitional year’ started on 1 September 2019.

The transitional year runs 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 Fond for Tilgodehavende Feriemidler. This is to prevent you having a double entitlement when you switch to concurrent holiday in 2020. You will receive the frozen holiday when you reach retirement age or leave the danish labour market.

Only holiday earned in the period 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 will be frozen in the fund. If you have transferred holiday, the transferred holiday will not be frozen. Only the five weeks of holiday in the transitional year will be frozen, to prevent you having a double entitlement in 2020.

You can see an overview of the transitional year here. 

What happens on 1 May 2020, and how much holiday will you have available?

From 1 May to 31 August 2020, you can take 16.6 days of holiday. This is the holiday you have earned in the period 1 January 2019 – 31 August 2019. Click here You will also have your 5 special holidays to be used in the summer 2020.

What will happen on 1 September 2020?

When the new Danish Holiday Act comes into force on 1 September 2020, you will be able to take holiday as you earn it – i.e. 2.08 holiday days per month. 

After 1 september it will also be possible to agree to take holiday in advance – i.e. before it is earned. It has not yet been decided how many holidays an employee can agree to take in advance at Aarhus University.

When you switch to concurrent holiday, you will earn holiday on an ongoing basis as usual, and you will be able to take holiday as you earn it.

If you have holiday days that have not been taken when you switch to concurrent holiday, these days will automatically be carried forward. You cannot therefore lose any holiday in the transition to the new Holiday Act.

See an overview of the new concurrent holiday here.

What are the main changes in connection with the new Holiday Act?

The new holiday rules mean that employees can take holiday as they earn it. Holiday is earned from 1 September to 31 August (the holiday year). Holiday can be taken as it is earned and for 16 months thereafter; currently, you have only 12 months in which to take the holiday. This means that, after the transition, holiday has to be taken in the period from 1 September to 31 December. You will continue to earn 2.08 days of holiday per month – i.e. 25 days of holiday per year.

Under the new Holiday Act, it will also be possible to agree to take paid holiday in advance – i.e. at a time when the holiday has not yet been earned. 

What happens to special holiday days?

Special holidays are not covered by the Danish Holiday Act. The special holidays will continue unchanged. 


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Details of the new Danish Holiday Act

The Agency for Modernisation is expected to draw up a new holiday agreement with the details of e.g. inability to take holiday, transfer of holiday days etc., which will be linked to (in danish) from this page when it is published in 2019. Most of the rules from the current Danish Holiday Act will remain in effect.

The Agency for Modernisation has sended out a holiday agreement for switching over to concurrent holiday. (In Danish only)

Concurrent holiday for some international employees

The new holiday rules will enter into force on 1 September 2020 and all staff members will be transferred to the concurrent holiday scheme after the new Act. Staff members already enrolled in the concurrent holiday scheme will remain on the scheme until the new Act comes into effect, regardless of the previous limit of 5 year of enrolment. You can find further information about the new Holiday Act on this side.