Holiday

Transfer your holidays or have your holiday allowance paid out

If you do not take your holiday, you might lose it. If you have not used all of your holiday, you have the option of transferring the holiday to the next holiday year or having it paid out.

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As an employee, you have the right to take 5 weeks of holiday each year.

4 of those weeks must be taken in the holiday year period from 1 September to 31 December in the following year. If you are not able to take your holiday before the end of the holiday period on 31 December, you can either transfer your extra days of holiday or have your holiday allowance paid out.

Transfer your days of holiday

You have the option of transferring holiday beyond 20 days to the next holiday period. You do this by making a written agreement with your employer about the transfer of the holiday days before the end of the holiday period on 31 December.

If you take the 5th holiday week in the holiday period 1 September - 31 December, you are not transferring the holiday.

You must be aware that holidays of up to 4 weeks that have not been taken during the holiday period cannot be transferred and you will therefore lose the holiday unless you are prevented from taking it. Visit borger.dk to learn when you are prevented from taking your holiday. 

Transfer extra holiday entitlements or the 6th holiday week

If you have additional holiday entitlements - sometimes referred to as the 6th holiday week - those extra days off can only be transferred or paid out if that opportunity is stated in the collective agreement under which you are employed.

A number of IDA's collective agreements contain rules regarding the transfer of holiday.

If you are employed in state, region, or municipality on a collective agreement with IDA, you can transfer holidays (incl. additonal holiday entitlements) beyond 20 days per year to the next year if you make a written agreement to do so with your employer. The agreement must be made before the end of the current holiday year on 31 December.

If you vacate a position before taking the agreed period of holidays, you lose your right to take the transferred days of holiday. In that case, you need to receive payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday.

Have your holiday allowance paid out

If you have not made an agreement to transfer your days of holiday to the succeeding holiday year, your employer must automatically pay out any holiday in excess of 4 weeks at the end of the holiday year on 31 December.

If you have received one or more public benefits during the holiday year (e.g. unemployment benefits, early retirement pay, flexi-benefit etc.), the number of days with said benefit will be deducted from the holiday days for which you wish to receive the holiday benefit.

If you have received any of the listed public benefits in the holiday period, FerieKonto has to approve of the payout if you wish to receive holiday payout for a no longer active employment.

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If the holiday pay originates from an employment relationship that has ended at the latest at the end of the holiday period per 31 December, you can have the holiday pay paid regardless of the amount and the number of holiday days. You must fill in a form and send it to the person who is to pay the holiday pay no later than 30 September after the end of the holiday period. You can find the form at borger.dk.

Did you get a new job?

If you have taken up a new job or left a job before 31 December 2021, you will be able to receive your holiday pay without taking the holiday. You can only apply for payment after 31 December 2021 via borger.dk

Apply for holiday pay on borger.dk

To be eligible for payout, you must not have received any of the following public benefits during the holiday period from 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2021: unemployment benefit, temporary labour market benefit, cash benefit, after-salary benefit, flexi-benefit, resource transition benefit, integration benefit, education assistance or cash assistance.

If you have received one of these benefits, you cannot have your holiday paid out - you must take your holiday before 31 December 2021. The days on which you received the public benefit will be deducted from your holiday.