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18th May, 2020 by Jonathan Mumby
The Government has published guidance covering how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, including for those who continue to work and who have been furloughed in accordance with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).
The guidance helpfully provides clarification on some of the potentially more problematic areas including whether holiday accrues during furlough leave, whether holiday can be taken during furlough leave and how holiday pay should be calculated for those on furlough leave. Whilst it will be important for employers to consider the guidance in full, some of the more notable points include:
A copy of the guidance can be read in full here.
Employment law specialist, Jonathan Mumby comments:
“This guidance will be welcomed by employers. There has been a significant degree of uncertainty, particularly concerning whether furloughed employees can take or be forced to take holiday whilst furloughed. Now these matters have been clarified, employers can take steps to manage holiday entitlement for furloughed employees. That will help avoid practical difficulties of having to accommodate vast amounts of accrued but untaken holiday once we are out of lockdown.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the guidance or how to deal with holiday entitlement in general, please contact a member of the employment team.”
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