BRITISH workers could take up to 93 days of holiday in 2021 by carrying over their left-over 2020 annual leave thanks to the Government relaxing the law.
Workers who have not used all their statutory annual leave entitlement this year due to Covid-19 restrictions can carry it over into the following two leave years.
By using their banked days, their 2021 annual leave, bank holidays and weekends, workers could take a staggering 93 days off – a quarter of the year.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma relaxed regulation on annual leave back in March when the pandemic began to protect businesses from staff shortages.
He said at the time: "Whether it is in our hospitals, or our supermarkets, people are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
"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."
This could come in handy as the average British worker has 14 days of annual leave left over from 2020, according to research from RotaCloud.
Here's how to take advantage of up to 93 days off next year:
Workers can book off January 1 to January 10 which uses just five days holiday and the New Year's Day Bank Holiday and totals 10 days off.
Then they must book March 27 to April 11, which uses 8 days annual leave, Good Friday and Easter Monday, plus weekends, for another 16 days off.
In May, they can take another nine days off by booking from May 1 to May 9, which uses four days annual leave and the early May Bank Holiday.
They can take another 9 days at the end of the month by booking from May 29 to June 6 which uses four days annual leave and the other May Bank Holiday on May 31.
They can then take nine days off in late August by booking from August 28 to September 5 using four days annual leave and one bank holiday.
And finally for another 16 days off at Christmas and New Year, workers could book from December 25 to January 9 2022 which uses seven days annual leave and three bank holidays on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
ALOK SHARMA’S NEW ANNUAL LEAVE RULES FOR 2021
Business Secretary Alok Sharma unveiled new annual leave rules for 2021.
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years.
Currently, almost all workers are entitled to 28 days holiday including bank holidays each year. However, most of this entitlement cannot be carried between leave years, meaning workers lose their holiday if they do not take it.
There is also an obligation on employers to ensure their workers take their statutory entitlement in any one year – failure to do so could result in a financial penalty.
The regulations will allow up to 4 weeks of unused leave to be carried into the next 2 leave years, easing the requirements on business to ensure that workers take statutory amount of annual leave in any one year.
This will mean staff can continue working in the national effort against the coronavirus without losing out on annual leave entitlement.
The changes will also ensure all employers affected by COVID-19 have the flexibility to allow workers to carry over leave at a time when granting annual leave could leave them short-staffed in some of Britain’s key industries, such as food and healthcare.
2021 BANK HOLIDAYS
- Friday January 1, 2021 News Years Day
- Friday April 2, 2021Good Friday
- Monday, April 5, 2021Easter Monday
- Monday May 3, 2021Early May Bank Holiday
- Monday May 31, 2021Spring Bank Holiday
- Monday August 30, 2021Summer Bank Holiday
- Monday December 27, 2021 (Substitute day) Christmas Day
- Tuesday December 28, 2021 (Substitute day) Boxing day
So far, this totals 69 days off but with only 32 days of leave used.
Anyone who has carried over 28 days of unused leave from 2020 into 2021 could then position their remaining 16 days of leave around the weekends to get another 24 days off.
But those with plans to maximise their holidays next year need to book soon as according to research, the number of Brits pre-booking leave for 2021 has almost doubled from this time last year.
A fifth of Brit workers have already booked off time for next year, according to figures from RotaCloud who analysed the holiday usage of 20,000 UK based workers.
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