These Regulations came into force at 2.00 pm today. They amend the Working Time Regulations 1998. They allow the worker to carry leave forward where two years if additional time was not taken because the worker could not take leave because of working through coronavirus.
Amendment to the Working Time Regulations 1998
2. The Working Time Regulations 1998(c) are amended as follows.
3. In regulation 13—
(a) at the beginning of paragraph (9)(a) insert “subject to the exception in paragraphs (10)
(b) after paragraph (9) insert—
“(10) Where in any leave year it was not reasonably practicable for a worker to take some or all of the leave to which the worker was entitled under this regulation as a result of the effects of coronavirus (including on the worker, the employer or the wider economy or society), the worker shall be entitled to carry forward such untaken leave as provided for in paragraph (11).
(11) Leave to which paragraph (10) applies may be carried forward and taken in the two
leave years immediately following the leave year in respect of which it was due.
THE EXPLANATORY NOTES
“These Regulations provide an exception relating to the effects of coronavirus to the bar on carrying forward untaken leave under Regulation 13 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”). They come into force on 26th March 2020.
Regulation 13 WTR entitles workers to 4 weeks of annual leave in each leave year. Where any of this leave remains untaken at the end of a leave year, regulation 13(9)(a) prevents that leave being carried forward into the next year. This is amended by regulation 3 of these Regulations, which inserts an exception to this bar on carrying forward untaken leave. The exception applies where at the end of a leave year it was not reasonably practicable for a worker to take some or all of the leave to which the worker was entitled under regulation 13 as a result of the effects of coronavirus (including on the worker, the employer or the wider economy or society). In this case the untaken leave may be carried forward and taken in the following two leave years.
Regulation 14 WTR provides for a payment in lieu of any untaken annual leave where a worker’s employment terminates. This regulation is amended by regulation 4 of these Regulations to provide for a payment in lieu of any leave that carried forward under the exception inserted by regulation 3 and remains untaken on the date of termination.”