Home News New bill seeks to allow workers carry over annual leave into 2021

New bill seeks to allow workers carry over annual leave into 2021

Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley is hoping to receive cross party support for a bill that would enable workers to carry over unused annual leave from 2020 into 2021.

The ‘Covid19 Carryover of Annual Leave Bill’ was officially published by the party in recent days and the Laois TD says it seeks to give workers the legal right to carry over any leave which they could not take due to the effects of the Covid19 crisis into 2021 and/or 2022.

He said: “Covid-19 has ripped through our society and economy and has wrought havoc on workers and families.

“In Laois and Offaly, many workers, especially frontline and essential service workers such as suppliers, shop and supermarket workers, workers in food processing, nurses, doctors, Gardaí, and others, have been working around the clock since March to help us through the Covid19 crisis.

“Unfortunately, for many of these workers, this has meant they have been unable to use up all of their 2020 annual leave due to the workplace demands the pandemic has brought.

“As a result, countless workers could lose several days of annual leave once the year ends.

“It is for this reason that we have published the ‘Covid19 Carryover of Annual Leave Bill’ which seeks to allow workers to carry over annual leave from 2020 which they were unable to take due to effects of Covid19 on the worker, the employer, or the wider economy or society, and to use that leave in 2021 and/or 2022.”

Mr Stanley believes there is no reason why the government should block this proposal.

He said: “There is no reason why our government should object to such a proposal given we have seen similar changes in Britain, where they have amended their working time legislation to allow workers carry over untaken leave due to Covid19 into the next 2 leave years.

“We hope other parties in the Dáil will now support this legislation.

“Workers have accrued their leave and they are entitled to it, and Sinn Féin want to ensure workers annual leave rights are preserved, and if they cannot take this leave in 2020, due to Covid19, that they have a legal right to carry it over into 2021 and/or 2022, when we will hopefully have a vaccine for this virus.”

SEE ALSO – Former Laois manager steps down from role as Kerry U-20 football boss