New Holiday Act passed

The Danish Parliament recently passed the new Holiday Act. This means that as of 1 September 2020 employees will accrue and take holiday concurrently.

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The political agreement reached in 2017 regarding the new act on holiday has been passed by a majority in the Danish Parliament. Thus, the new Holiday Act has now become a reality. 

The new Holiday Act introduces a concurrent holiday system in Denmark according to which employees accrue and take holiday in the same period. For example, this means that employees who are new in the labour market can look forward to being entitled to paid holiday from their first year of employment. 

The Act enters into force on 1 September 2020, so there is still time to adjust collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, personnel policies, etc. to the new rules. The transition period, which is intended to ensure a smooth transition to the new regime, takes effect one year earlier (i.e. on 1 September 2019). 

Click here to read the press release of the Ministry of Employment (in Danish).

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