The Annual Leave Act is a protective legislation, i.e. a protection for the employee and his or her health. One of the main principles of the legislation is that the employee uses his or her vacation during a longer, cohesive leave from work – called main vacation – in order for the employee to receive a necessary and coherent rest. The idea is not that the employee shall receive compensation in lieu of vacation instead of leave at the end of the vacation year or have the vacation days spread out during short periods. This also applies to employees with a low employment rate.