Are you ready for the spring bank holidays and the main holiday season?

Are you ready for the spring bank holidays and the main holiday season?

Are you ready for the spring bank holidays and the main holiday season? Prepare now

Spring is a time of renewal and growth, not just in nature but also within corporate planning and management of working hours. With the many upcoming bank holidays, especially in the Nordics, it’s essential to understand how these affect employers and employees.

  • Do employees have the right to days off on bank holidays?
  • What rules apply for payment if they choose to take time off or end up working during, for example, Easter or Pentecost?
  • And how should working hours be planned to best accommodate both the company’s and the employee’s needs?


Bank holidays and work regulations

Bank holidays in Denmark and the rest of Europe are generally not considered regular working days. Employees are, however, sometimes expected to work as usual unless specific agreements exist that grant the right to absence. These agreements can be set out in collective agreements, personnel policies, or individual contracts. A clear overview of these agreements is crucial to ensure fair and lawful management of working hours during bank holidays.

Effective planning tools

To manage the complexity of planning around bank holidays, planning tools like TimePlan can be of great assistance. These systems allow you to set up and manage collective agreements and local rules, ensure compliance with regulations, and automate the calculation of supplements for bank holiday work and overtime. Using these tools, you can effectively manage holidays, absences, and leisure time, minimising the risk of errors and misunderstandings.

Understanding holiday rights

It’s essential to be aware that if the right to absence or payment for bank holidays needs to be addressed in the applicable collective agreements or contracts, employees do not, as a starting point, have the right to paid leave. However, it is possible to deviate from this rule through individual agreements, highlighting the importance of clear and precise contracts.

Summer holiday and accrual

All employees are entitled to three weeks of consecutive summer holiday between 1 May and 30 September. Planning for this requires attention to the fact that the holiday must be accrued by the time it is taken. This may necessitate carefully considering how holiday days are allocated in the spring to ensure sufficient accrued days for the summer holiday.


Correct notification of holidays

It is essential to know the rules for notifying holidays. The main holiday must be notified at least three months in advance, while the rest require at least one month’s notice. This practice ensures that both the employer and the employee have sufficient time to plan and prepare, contributing to a smooth holiday period.



Effective planning and communication are key to successful management of holiday and bank holiday rights. By understanding the basic rules and using the right tools, you can ensure that your business navigates smoothly through the complexities of spring. This will not only help maintain a positive work culture but also ensure compliance with legislation, which is crucial for the success of any business.

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