Danish temporary leave extended to 8 July

With the Danish government’s extension of the coronavirus aid package, colleagues on temporary leave will remain on leave until 8 July, unless they are called back to work before.

The Danish Government has extended the support for temporary leave from 9 June to 8 July.

Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel, Chief People Officer and Head of the People Division says: “The coronavirus crisis continues to take its toll on DFDS’ business, and therefore we will also take advantage of the extended aid package. This means that everyone in Denmark who was originally sent on temporary leave until 9 June, will remain on leave until 8 July. Today, we have sent a letter to everyone on temporary leave to explain this and remind them that they should also be prepared to be called back to work at short notice if the situation were to change before 8 July.

“We are pleased with the extension as it helps protect our business for a longer time and increases our chances of getting through the coronavirus crisis in better shape.”

“We are aware that it may not necessarily be seen as a good thing for those of you who are on temporary leave as you would probably prefer to take part in the work to bring DFDS through this. However, the ability to send people on temporary leave and keep costs down  is vital to our chances of bringing DFDS safely through this situation – as are the temporary leave aid packages in the other countries.”

“In spite of this, I can’t wait to see the coronavirus crisis wear off and colleagues coming back to work,” she says.

Currently, DFDS has nearly 2500 people on temporary leave in total.

April 23, 2020