Holiday Year Halfway Point

Thursday 12th September 2019

As we have passed the half way point in most firms’ holiday entitlement years, employers should be aware of the recent European Court of Justice decisions of Kreuziger v Berlin and Max-Planck-Gesellschat v Shimuzu.  Both provide that employers need to take steps to encourage employees to take their outstanding leave in order to apply a ‘use it or lose it’ policy. If such steps are not taken, the holiday can be carried over.


Whilst Brexit does cast some uncertainty as to the future relevance of these decisions domestically, best practice for employers using a ‘use it or lose it’ holiday system is to remind employees regularly during the year to take their holiday entitlement.