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Holiday and holiday pay

Specific advice

  • The employee may as a general rule demand to know when he or she is to take holiday at the latest two months before the holiday is to be taken.
  • If you are sick during the holiday, you may claim a corresponding number of days off later in the year. Such a claim must be supported by a medical certificate and be submitted as soon as possible after return to work. 

Everyone is entitled to at least 25 working days holiday each year. From 60 years of age, you are entitled to one additional week.

Holiday

Working days are weekdays including Saturdays. Sundays and public holidays are not regarded as working days. Normally, six working days correspond to one week. The employee is thus entitled to four weeks and one day’s holiday each calendar year.

In good time before the holiday, employers are to discuss the fixing of holiday dates and setting up of holiday lists with each individual employee or his representative.

If the employee and the employer fail to agree, the employer shall have the final word. However, the employee is entitled to three weeks continuous holiday during the main holiday period from 1 June until 30 September.

The employee may as a general rule demand to know when he or she is to take holiday at the latest two months before the holiday is to be taken.

If you are sick during the holiday, you may claim a corresponding number of days off later in the year. Such a claim must be supported by a medical certificate and be submitted as soon as possible after return to work. 

Holiday pay

All employees are entitled to holiday pay. The holiday pay shall be at least 10.2% of the basis for calculating holiday pay. The basis for calculating holiday pay is the pay you received during the previous year. Employees over 60 years of age are entitled to a minimum of 12.5%.

The basis for calculating holiday pay shall be shown in the certificate of pay and tax deducted for the qualifying year.

As a basic rule, holiday pay is to be paid on the last normal pay day before the holiday. However the usual procedure is to pay holiday pay during a specific month, e.g. in June.

It is not permitted to include holiday pay in the regular wage unless this is directly regulated through collective agreements.

Holiday pay following dismissal

On termination of employment, the employee is to be paid all holiday pay that has been earned up to the last day of work. The payment is to be made on the last pay day before the employee leaves. 

Failure to pay holiday pay

Read more about what you can do if the employer fails to pay holiday pay or pays less holiday pay than you are entitled to under Lack of payment

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