Brits could get ’93 days of holiday next year’ with legal loophole

British workers could reportedly take up to 93 days of holiday next year due to a legal loophole.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma introduced a change to annual leave entitlement during the first lockdown in March, allowing employees to carry up to four weeks' holiday into the next two years.

Research by Rotacloud claims the average worker in the UK still has 14 days of holiday left to claim this year, MailOnline reports.

According to the research, by combining their remaining days, 2021 holiday entitlement, bank holidays and surrounding weekends, Brits could get up to 93 days off.

For this to be possible, workers would require 28 days holiday to claim going into next year.

They would then need to book the following dates:

  • January 1-10, using five days’ holiday and one bank holiday
  • March 27 to April 11, eight days' holiday and two bank holidays
  • May 1-9, four days’ holiday and one bank holiday
  • May 29 to June 6, four days of holiday and one bank holiday
  • August 28 to September 5, four days’ holiday and one bank holiday
  • December 25 to January 9, 2022, seven days of holiday and three bank holidays

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A fifth of Brits have already booked off time for next year, according to figures from RotaCloud, who surveyed 20,000 UK-based workers.

Announcing the changes to leave in March, Sharma said: “Whether it is in our hospitals, or our supermarkets, people are working around the clock to help our country deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Today’s changes will mean these valued employees do not lose out on the annual leave they are entitled to as a result of their efforts, and employers are not penalised.”

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However, workers are still expected to lose out on £2.4bn of paid holiday, the Daily Telegraph earlier reported.

Two in five human resources teams asked employees to forfeit holiday days in 2020, according to research from insurer Direct Line.

Dan Hobbs, of 5 Essex Court, a law firm, said: "Employees have a weaker position to force the employer to allow them to carry it forward but they may have an argument if it could have an impact on the wider society's response to the coronavirus society."

He said firms denied requests if it was “reasonably practicable” for workers to take time off that year.

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