The Danish government has set up a committee assigned to prepare a proposal for a more simple and modern holiday act.

The first Danish holiday act was introduced in 1938 and since then the principles on earning and taking of holiday have not changed significantly.

Amendments have been made on a current basis primarily to adapt the rules of the Act to EU law and the increasing digitalisation.

In September 2014, the European Commission forwarded an opening letter concerning the Danish Holiday Act.

The reason for this letter was that the Commission is not of the opinion that the Danish Holiday Act is in accordance with the Working Time Directive as regards earning and taking of holiday.

In order to create a more simple act and to ensure that the act is in accordance with EU law, the government has set up a committee assigned to prepare a proposal for a new holiday act.

It appears from the mandate that the future holiday system must:

  • be more transparent and coherent for salaried employees without limiting job mobility;
  • be easy to administer for the employers on both the private and public labour market;
  • be in accordance with Denmark's international obligations, in particular EU law. It is noted in this connection that the Commission has questioned whether the applicable holiday system is in accordance with EU law.

The committee - consisting of representatives from the labour market parties - must finish its work in the autumn of 2016.

Horten will, of course, follow this work closely and hold a conference when and if a draft bill is presented, which is expected by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.


Jonas Enkegaard