Annual Holidays Act is applied to all work performed as part of an employment relatioship or public service relationship. On the basis of the act, the employee is entitled to leave. If a collective agreement or civil servants’ collective agreement is applied, different provisions on rights to leave may be applied. During the annual holidays the employer cannot keep the employee at work. Annual leave cannot be paid out in money under any circumstances.
As a rule, Annual Holidays Act is compelling right. This means that no poorer benefits than those provided by the Annual Holidays Act may be agreed upon, even with the approval of the employee.
In some collective agreements or civil servants’ collective agreements, however, improved conditions related to holiday bonus or the number of leave days may apply. The payment of holiday bonus is not compulsory. Check your employment contract whether a collective agreement applies and whether it includes special provisions on annual leave or holiday bonus.
Read more on the timing of annual leave and pay during annual leave.
Please note that you can also carry over your annual leave.