11 October 2018
Can I take my holidays with me?
When the end of year is approaching, there are often problems with taking or transferring remaining holidays. Some companies allow this, other don't. We clarify with this article how it is right.
A transfer of days to next year is not provided in the law. Holidays that you don't take, are officially lost. Moreover, an employer is not obliged to pay out untaken holidays.
Yet there are some exceptions. There are special regulations that are valid for long-term absences, for example, due to illness or pregnancy that makes it impossible to take holidays.
Many companies allocate extra holidays. Extra agreements have been made within the sector or company for these days. Often these days can be transferred.
In addition, there are companies offering compensatory rest days or working hours reduction days. Those days must be taken before the end of December and can in principle not be transferred. Finally, you must take holidays that fall on a Sunday and for which you receive a replacement holiday in the current year.
Of course, practical solutions are possible. For example, if a company has a busy end-of-year period, it is better to transfer the remaining holidays. Usually this is limited to a number of days, for example a maximum of five days, which must be taken before a certain date, for example before the end of February of the following year.