Can employers require furloughed employees to use up their holiday leave during furlough?

Holiday entitlement continues to accrue whilst an employee is on furlough and an employee is entitled to take holiday whilst on furlough. The notice requirements in their contract apply in the same way they would if they were working. 

Employers can request that employees take holiday during their furlough just as they can in normal working time if this option is contained in their contract, however the employer should consider whether restrictions (either local, national or personal) would inhibit the employee’s ability to rest and relax, which is the purpose of a holiday. Remember that you must also give your employee notice that you require them to take annual leave and this should be double the length of the holiday required.

Filled Under: Covid-19 Posted on: 24th February 2021

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