Holidays and special holidays
Holidays and special holidays are an integral part of employment in Denmark. The Danish Holiday Act holds significant importance for both private and public workplaces, as it applies to nearly all employees. It is therefore important to ensure your company's compliance with the regulations set forth by the Holiday Act concerning holiday planning, company closures during vacation periods, holiday notice procedures, and the allowances for taking holidays during a notice period.
The responsibility for adhering to the rules of the Holiday Act primarily lies with the employer. As such, it is vital for employers to be well-informed about the applicable regulations. By being aware of the Holiday Act's provisions, employers can effectively fulfill their obligations and ensure compliance within the organization.
In Denmark, it is customary to offer special holidays to employees. Special holiday entitlements are not governed by the Danish Holiday Act, offering substantial contractual flexibility. Employers have the freedom to determine the number of extra holiday entitlements, their allocation, usage, and how they are handled if an employee resigns.
To comply with the Employment Certificate Act, it is essential to provide employees with comprehensive information about all paid absences, including special holidays. Establishing a clear and transparent holiday policy is crucial to ensure compliance with legal requirements and foster a harmonious work environment.
At NJORD, we advise companies on holidays and days off. We take the time to understand your company's requirements and can assist in tailoring a holiday policy that aligns with your needs. Furthermore, our team of lawyers are available to review your existing holiday policy or offer assessments for specific cases, ensuring proper handling of holidays and days off.
NJORD Law Firm's practice, which is headed up by Miriam Michaelsen, specialises in the employment aspects of M&A transactions, the implementation of incentive schemes, restructurings and outsourcing issues, most notably for Nordic and German clients. Another key practitioner is Anders Worsøe, who is frequently instructed on collective bargaining issues.
NJORD Estonia: The team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including employment terminations and regulatory compliance, including data protection. Also offers day-to-day employment advice. Notable for advising both employers and employees from the public and private sectors.
“NJORD Law Firm advises its employer client list on the implementation of incentive schemes, litigation arising from the misuse of business secrets and the drafting and negotiation of management contracts and associated bonus schemes. The department also has expertise in data protection regulations and assists with negotiations with unions relating to corporate reorganisations. Practice head Miriam Michaelsen is also an expert in discrimination claims.”
“The ‘proactive, friendly and exceptionally professional’ group at NJORD Law Firm focuses on employment litigation, agreements, incentive schemes and data protection matters. Miriam Michaelsen leads the practice and is an expert in handling contracts, disputes and negotiations with unions; and Lars Lokdam specialises in transactional issues.”
"NJORD Law Firm specialises in organisational restructurings that involve multiple Nordic jurisdictions, advising on mergers, the insourcing and outsourcing of work areas, acquisitions and sales of businesses, and union negotiations. Miriam Michaelsen leads the team that includes industrial and relations law specialist Anders Worsøe"