Conditions for sickness during annual holiday and accrual of holiday during family leave tightened

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment 1.4.2016 9.00
Press release
In future, there will be a personal contribution of six days before an employee can postpone annual holiday if he or she falls ill during the holiday. Additionally, while on maternity, paternity or family leave, annual holiday will be earned for the maximum duration of six months. These amendments entered into force on 1 April 2016.

However, these amendments will not apply to industries in which the removal of the personal contribution days and the accrual of annual leave for the entire maternity, paternity and family leave have been agreed in the collective bargaining agreement. This has been agreed in the agreements of the public sector.

Six-day personal contribution period when employee falls ill during annual holiday

With the amendment to the Annual Holiday Act, an employee who falls ill during his or her annual holiday is entitled to postpone the annual holiday after six personal contribution days. The personal contribution days can also be accrued from separate days of incapacity for work. However, an annual holiday of four weeks will be secured to all employees if they have earned annual holiday for at least 24 weekdays during the holiday credit year.

Under the current Annual Holiday Act, the employee has been able to postpone the days of annual holiday, during which he or she has been incapacitated due to illness or accident. The amendment is estimated to save employers ?150 million.

Amount of holiday earned while on family leave decreases

Under the current act, the employee earns annual holiday during the entire family leave, excluding childcare leave. As a result of the amendment, annual holiday will be earned for a maximum of 156 days of maternity or parental leave and 156 days of paternity or parental leave, i.e. for six months.

The new act will be applied to the days of maternity or parental leave or correspondingly days of paternity or parental leave that are taken after the act has entered into force. An additional requirement is that the first period of family leave to care for the child in question is taken on 1 April 2016 or later.

As a result of the amendment, compensations for the costs of annual holidays paid to employers in accordance with the Health Insurance Act will fall. The estimated savings will be ?27 million per year.

Further information:
Tarja Kröger, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 29 504 8937