The Law on Holidays Is Different in Some EU Countries

​Holiday entitlement varies in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and Spain. Employers with operations in these countries should become familiar with the differing legislation in each country to ensure compliance.


In Italy, employees are entitled to a minimum holiday period of four weeks but collective agreements can grant additional days. Provided specific conditions are met, employers can request that employees return early from holiday. According to case law, employees must comply with this request if: 

  • It reflects specific company needs.
  • This possibility is provided for in the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or by an individual agreement.

Therefore, employees can refuse to return early only if there is no obligation under…

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