Denmark -Legal battle over holiday rules probably avoided -September 03, 2015

The government will attempt to head off a legal battle with the EU by changing its national paid holiday laws. The EU Commission sent the government a letter in November 2014 stating that the country’s holiday rules were in potential violation of the EU Working Time Directive, which states that all workers must be given an annual leave of at least four weeks per year. Under the Danish rules, an employee is entitled to take holiday during the first year on the job but it must be unpaid if the employee is entering the labour market for the first time or switching jobs without a surplus of built-up holiday days. This results in tens of thousands of employees taking unpaid holiday during each year.


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