There are no changes to your right to paid holidays if you stay at your current job or if you change jobs without a period of unemployment or leave between jobs. This means that you have the right to the same number of holiday days you had before.
However, you should be aware that your holidays are administered differently starting 1 September 2020. This means that the holiday year now runs from 1 September to 31 August the following year, and in the future, you will take holidays during the period of 1 September to 31 December the following year.
Here are the most important things for you to know:
You will be granted holidays at different times
In 2020, you will be granted holiday days differently than you are used to. On 1 May 2020, you will only get 16.7 holiday days and not 25 days as before. After that, you will be granted 2.08 holiday days on an ongoing basis starting from 1 September 2020.
If you want to take a long holiday during the summer of 2020, you should make sure that you have enough holiday days. However, you will be granted childcare days the same as before, so you can use those in connection with a summer holiday in 2020.
It is currently unclear if the new Danish Holiday Act also affects the time when you will be granted holiday days through a collective agreement (6 holiday weeks) from 2020. Therefore, we will update this page on an ongoing basis and will clearly announce when this has been clarified.
You can take holidays as soon as you have earned them
You get concurrent holidays, which means you can take holidays immediately after you have earned them. You earn the right to 2.08 paid holiday days per month and you can take the holiday days the month after.
You may be paid holiday supplements twice a year
You earn the right to holiday supplements of 1% of qualifying salary. If you are employed in a company that is covered by a standard collective agreement or a company collective agreement, the holiday supplement constitutes 3.25% of qualifying salary.
You will still be paid a holiday supplement on 1 May if you are covered by the standard collective agreement or a company collective agreement that is included under the standard collective agreement.
If you are not covered by the standard collective agreement or a company collective agreement that is included under the standard collective agreement, a new rule is that you may either be paid holiday supplements twice a year (1 September and 31 May) or on an ongoing basis along with salary.
You can transfer holidays or get paid for the days
You can enter an agreement with your manager to transfer holiday days to the next holiday year if you have not taken all your holiday days during the holiday year. You can also get paid for the holiday days for days beyond the first four weeks.
You cannot take all of your holiday days
You cannot take holiday days you have earned during the period of 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2020. Instead, the holiday days are frozen and an amount corresponding to 12.5% of the qualifying salary for the period will be paid to LD Pensions (Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler). The reason is that you would otherwise have the right to take 10 weeks of holiday days in the same holiday year. The legislature found that this would be problematic for the labour market and therefore your holidays will be paid to LD Pensions.
You do not lose the money paid to LD Pensions, but you are not paid the money until you reach retirement age or if you apply for early retirement, disability pension, flexible benefits or if you move abroad and document that you have left the labour market.
Read more at Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler