The coronavirus situation has caused several concerns around annual leave to be raised. Some of the main concerns are:
when to take annual leave
carrying forward annual leave to following years
using annual leave for wellbeing purposes
lack of flexibility over annual leave booked prior to lockdown
stress caused by lockdown.
Edinburgh Council’s guidance
The council’s current guidance, covering permanent employees, says that you should take annual leave during the current annual leave year unless there are “operational reasons” precluding this. Employees unable to take annual leave as normal may be permitted to carry forward a maximum of 10 days into leave year 2020/2021 only in “exceptional circumstances” and where essential services demands permit.