Supplemental payout for employees in Denmark due to the Great Prayer Day cancellation starting in 2024

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In Denmark, the Great Prayer Day is a bank holiday celebrated on the fourth Friday after Easter, and has been a public holiday since 1686. The Danish government has decided to cancel Great Prayer Day.

This means that employees are no longer entitled to paid time off and will have a regular work day instead.

To compensate for this change, the Danish Parliament adopted the Act on the Consequences of the Abolition of Great Prayer Day as a Public Holiday (hereinafter “Great Prayer Day Act”). This means that employees in Denmark are entitled to a 0.45% supplemental payout in May and August starting in 2024.

The act will enter into force on January 1, 2024.

How does the supplemental pay work?

A supplemental payment of 0.45%, based on each employee's gross annual salary and pension contributions, will be distributed in May and August 2024.

  • Employment Agreement Addendum is required for all Denmark-based employees.
  • Employees on long-term sick leave or maternity leave are also entitled to the same supplemental pay.
  • Employees who are offboarded before May or August will receive their payment with their final payslip.

Please note that additional changes may occur as the law has not yet been passed. We will share more information as soon as we have updates.


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