Your Rights at Work: Forced to take annual leave during the lockdown?
An emerging issue being raised by some of our members across a number of employers is the issue of forced annual leave.
It has come to our attention that staff are being asked to take annual leave during the current lockdown.
Workers have a statutory right to take annual Leave.
For many workers during the current national crisis their home has become their workplace.
It is important for the mental health and well being of all workers that they have time away from their workplace.
During the lockdown workers are unable to go away on holidays
Barnet UNISON position is that unless a worker requests to take annual leave during the lock down the employer should not be using this crisis to force workers to take annual leave.
What does the Government say?
“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.”
“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.”
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Barnet UNISON advice
If you are having any annual leave issues with your employer please contact the union at email@example.com or you can leave a message speaking slowly and clearly please include your name and telephone number on 020 8359 2088. We will respond as soon as we can.