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What is my holiday/vacation day entitlement?

How many holiday/vacation days am I entitled to?

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  • Hi,

    According to the Annual Leave Act, you are entitled to 25 paid holiday days per year.

    However, if your employer has signed a collective agreement, you may be entitled to additional holiday days, or you and your employer may have agreed on more holiday days than is stated in the law or the collective agreement.

    Find out what applies for you by:
    • first checking your employment contract 
    • the relevant collective agreement.

    If you have begun your employment after 31 August, you are only entitled to 5 unpaid holiday days during that holiday year.

    Please Note! 
    An agreement not to take holiday days may be reached and instead, holiday increment is paid, i.e. 12% extra. This applies if your employment is:
    • intended to last for a maximum of 3 months
    • hourly employment
    • on-demand employment 
    • intermittent employment

    In order for you to take out paid holiday days, they must first be earned. Any questions about holiday rules and how earning paid holiday days works? Read more here (in Swedish).

    Best regards,

    Naturvetarna
    (Uppdaterad )
  • Hi,

    I am working for an American company, with headquarters in the UK.I am based in Solna with a home office contract according to Swedish rules. I had a conversation with HR because I have 30 days of vacation per year (although I started working may 1st 2021). I am planning to take 4 weeks vacation in December. Basically, they want to limit me to only 2 weeks of consecutive vacation. They claim that they don't allow me to take 4 weeks in a row. I, therefore, asked for unpaid leave to account for the additional weeks off. My question is if there is any rule on how many weeks, and when to take a vacation here in Sweden. I would appreciate the law so that I can forward it to HR at my company. Basically, this was their reply to my requested time off after an email from me and Gemma, my manager.

    "Nico and I just had a conversation about this. In principle I am OK if you want to agree to using unpaid leave to account for the additional week off. Due to the way holiday is accrued in Sweden, I do not think “borrowing” holiday from next year is possible. I am told that in Sweden you have to have accrued holiday before you can take it. If the payroll bureau do not believe you have enough holiday to cover the time off they will make it unpaid holiday in the payslip. This may cause a problem with the current plans for January and so we are presenting the agreement we have with Nico to our payroll bureau and asking them to help us make it work so he isn’t financially disadvantaged.
    Nico – Gemma indicated she is happy to approve either way, and now I have approved the unpaid leave it is your decision as to whether you now go ahead and book the flights given the conversation we had today. I will try and get an answer from the payroll bureau as soon as I can.

    Regards,
    HR.

    Is this information correct? Is it true that in Sweden you have to have accrued holiday before you can take it. If the payroll bureau do not believe you have enough holiday to cover the time off they will make it an unpaid holiday in the payslip.

    i am looking forward to your answer.

    Best Wishes,
    Nicolas
    Nicolás
  • Hello Nicolas!

    According to the Annual Leave Act (semesterlagen), you are entitled to 25 days of vacation every year. You may have more days due to a collective agreement or in your employment contract. Under the Annual Leave Act, you are entitled to a continuous vacation of four weeks (main vacation) during the period of June - August. There is no right by law to be entitled to vacation other times of the year, it is then up to the employer to decide whether you will be entitled to vacation other times than during the period of June - August.

    There is also a difference between your right to vacation and your right to vacation pay. In order to receive vacation pay, you must first have earned your right to such pay during a qualifying year. The first year you work is the qualifying year, and the year after is called the vacation year. According to the Annual Leave Act the qualifying year runs from 1 April until 31 March year 1. The vacation year runs the year after that, so 1 April until 31 March year 2. It is year 2 you can take paid vacation. Even if you have not earned your right to vacation pay, you are still entitled to an annual vacation.

    If you are a member, you are most welcome to contact us on Naturvetarnas medlemsrådgivning.

    If you are not yet a member, you are most welcome to apply for a membership: Become a member - Naturvetarna

    Heidi
    (Uppdaterad )
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