The end of the 2020-21 holiday year

The end of the 2020-2021 holiday year

You can take holiday accrued in the 2020-21 holiday year through 31 December 2021, which is the last day of the holiday period. 

Please note that by 31 December 2021, you must also take any holiday accrued in the mini-holiday year in 2020 (16.64 days for employees with full holiday entitlement), in addition to taking at least 20 days of holiday (holiday weeks 1-4) from the year of accrual beginning on 1 September 2020 and ending on 31 August 2021. Only holiday week 5 and any previously carried-over holiday may be carried over to the 2022 holiday period, and you may only carry over holiday by agreement with your manager. However, the situation is different if you are or have been unable to take your holiday due to a holiday obstacle (such as illness or parental leave). If you are unable to take any or some of the first four weeks/20 days of holiday to which you are entitled by December 31 2021 due to a holiday obstacle, any of the days you are unable to take will automatically be carried over to be taken in 2022. However, if you wish to carry over any holiday from the fifth week, you must make an agreement with your manager.

For example, if you have accrued full holiday entitlement in the mini-holiday year 2020 (16.64 days) as well as five weeks/25 days in the holiday year 2020-21, you must take a total of 42 days of holiday during the period from 1 May 2020 to 31 December 2021. 

If you have a fraction of a day of holiday (for example 0.64 of a day) ‘left over’ from the mini-holiday year, this must be used on the first day of holiday you take in the new 2021-22 holiday period beginning on 1 September 2021. In other words, the fraction of a day you have at your disposal will always be newly accrued. This means that a fraction of a day of holiday from the current holiday year will automatically be carried over to the 2022 holiday period, provided that you have taken at least four weeks of holiday in the holiday period and at least one day of holiday after 1 September. In other words, you do not have to make a request to get the fraction of a day carried over, and it will not be possible to request payment in lieu.

What will happen to accrued holiday after 31 December 2021?

If you have already taken the first four weeks/20 days of the holiday you have accrued in the 2020-21 holiday year but are still owed additional holiday, you will receive payment in lieu for these days if you do not make an agreement to have them carried over so that you can take them in 2022.  AU’s staff policy is for employees to take their holiday; payment in lieu is only an option in exceptional cases. An agreement to have this accrued holiday carried over, must be made with your manager by 31 December 2021. On the other hand, any days from the first four weeks of holiday accrued in the 2020-21 holiday year that you do not take by December 31 2021 will be lost, unless your failure to take your holiday is due to a holiday obstacle . This is due to an EU directive that states that all employees must take four weeks of holiday in a holiday year unless prevented from doing so by a holiday obstacle (sickness or maternity/paternity leave). 

Your right to take the 16.64 days of holiday from the mini-holiday year is also protected by the directive, which is why they must also be taken by 31 December 2021.

Example: An employee who has been employed for several years accrues 16.64 days of holiday in the mini-holiday year and 25 days/five weeks of holiday in the holiday year 2020-21. The employee takes three consecutive weeks of holiday during the mini-holiday year (15 days of holiday) and has 1.64 days of holiday carried over to be taken under the new Danish Holiday Act. The employee then takes four consecutive weeks of holiday (20 days). This means that the employee still has holiday week 5 + 1.64 days of holiday remaining. The 1.64 days of holiday must be taken by 31 December 2021, since only days of holiday from holiday week 5 may be carried over. If the employee takes seven days of holiday (three days of holiday in the autumn break and four days between Christmas and New Year), all of the remaining days of holiday from the holiday year 2020-21 will be taken by 31 December 2021 (including 0.36 days of newly accrued holiday from the holiday year 2021-22).

Holiday from another employer

If you wish to have the 5th Holiday week paid out from another employer before 31 December 2021, without taking the holiday, borger.dk will ask for an agreement with your employer (AU). AU does not enter into the above-mentioned agreements on disbursement of the fifth holiday week, as AU's staff policy stipulates that holiday must be taken. If you do not take the fifth holiday week before 31 December 2021, you can have your holiday paid out without an agreement with AU after 31 December 2021. See more at www.lifeindenmark.dk.