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Au Pair – Holiday

As an au pair you are also entitled to holiday

As an au pair you are also entitled to holiday

Download brochure released by ” Arbejdsdirektoratet” in Denmark ·  published in July 2008

As an au pair in Denmark, you are entitled to holidays with pay.  There are two holiday models that you and your host family can choose from.  You are automatically covered by Model 1 but if you choose Model 2, you and your host family must agree to it in writing.

If the host family is on holiday (for example, summer holiday in a neighbouring country in Europe), and you come along to help take care of the children, then that is not considered a holiday for you.  You are not permitted to work during your holidays.

It is generally assumed that long, consecutive holidays are spent outside of the host family’s home (for example, going back to the Philippines at Christmas).  Expenses are paid by the au pair from regular allowances and holiday benefits.  This means that you should manage funds to allow for holiday expenses.

The holiday schedule should be planned way in advance.  Danish families with children often plan months ahead for autumn holiday, winter holiday and summer vacation.  It is important that you are part of this planning.  If you wish to travel for an extended period, this should be discussed as early as possible with the host family so that they can also make adjustments to their schedule.

You are entitled to five weeks of paid holiday each year. If you work 5 days a week, this translates to 25 working days. If you work 6 days a week, this means 30 working days. The total number of weeks is the same (5 weeks) per year.

Holidays are earned, meaning that you get roughly two days of holiday for each month of work. The exact computation is:

  • if you work five days a week, you get 2.08 days of holiday for each month of employment
  • if you work six days a week, you get 2.5 days for each month of employment

Most people ‘save up’ their holidays so that they can take several consecutive days off: generally, at least five consecutive working days during the warmer months (1 May to 30 September).

The holiday schedule should be planned way in advance. Danish families with children often plan months ahead for autumn holiday, winter holiday and summer vacation. It is important that you are part of this planning. If you wish to be away for an extended period, this should be discussed as early as possible with the host family so that they can also make adjustments to their schedule.

According to the rules, the host family must make allowance for the au pair’s wish for timing of her holiday, but when there is conflict of schedules, it is the host family that decides when the holiday should be taken.

The five weeks of paid holiday consists of:
– ordinary regular pay
– plus holiday supplement of 1 percent of regular pay
– plus value of board and lodging according to rates fixed by the National Tax Board (since the au pair will not be living in the home of the host family and must pay her own expenses for board and lodging)

In Model 1: You earn the right to take five weeks of paid holiday per year, but they can only be taken starting from 1 May of the next year. This means that if you start in September 2011, and you wish to take a long Christmas holiday in December 2011, you can do so but at your own expense, as unpaid holiday.

You can take up to three consecutive weeks of holiday from 1 May to 30 September, and stagger the remaining days throughout the rest of the year. Unused holidays by 30 April of the following year must be paid as holiday allowance.

If at the end of the au pair stay, there is still some unused holidays, the host family must give you holiday pay for those days.

In Model 2: Your holidays are counted from the first month of employment, and you can take a holiday even before 1 May of the following year. You may take at least two fifths of your earned holiday consecutively from 1 May to 30 September, and stagger the remaining days throughout the rest of the year.  All holidays must be taken during the employment period, with no option for cash payment for unused holidays. This means that you must take all holidays before the end of the au pair stay.



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