On July 1, 2021, all days of statutory paid annual leave accrued by employees in 2020 will in principle expire. By law, you must inform employees of this expiry date and thus offer them the possibility to take these days off work before they expire. If you fail to do so or if you inform employees incorrectly, they will retain the right to use their still untaken annual leave after the expiry date. The untaken days of annual leave will then expire 5 years after the year in which they were accrued, just as is the case for extra-statutory days of leave.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of employees still have many untaken days of statutory annual leave left. This means it is important to remind them of the expiry date. If you haven’t yet sent a reminder to your employees, make sure to do so as soon as possible. The reminder should be sent by letter, but sending one by email as well won’t be a such bad idea. And have employees confirm they have received the reminder, so that you can prove you have informed them on time. If an employee then does not take the still remaining untaken days off work, (s)he is deemed to have voluntarily waived his/her right to them.