Accrual of annual holiday

Annual holiday is accrued on the basis of the 14-day or 35-hour rule. Employees falling outside these rules are entitled to a leave equivalent to annual holiday (leave system).

Employees who according to their contract work for a minimum of 14 days each month are covered by the 14-day rule. They accumulate days of holiday for each calendar month during which they have accumulated at least 14 hours at work or the equivalent days at work.

The 35-hour rule applies to employees who according to their contract work less than 14 days each month but at least 35 hours during one month. They accumulate days of holiday for each calendar month during which they have accumulated at least 35 hours at work or the same number of hours equivalent to work.

Periods of absence resulting from the following are considered days or hours equivalent to days at work within the restrictions laid down in the law:

  • annual holiday
  • illness
  • maternity, paternity or parental leave
  • study leave or
  • lay-offs

Leave system

Employees working for less than 35 hours each month are entitled to a leave equivalent to annual holiday. Under this rule, employees are entitled to two working days of leave for each month in which the employment relationship has been in force. In employment relationships that have lasted for more than a year, the employee is entitled to four weeks’ leave.

The leave system also applies to employees working at home and an employer’s family members when there are no other employees working for the employer.

Employees who have worked for the same employer under repeated fixed-term employment contracts with only short interruptions are also entitled to a leave.

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