Your questions answered: Can an employee request unpaid leave without providing us a reason?

By Portner Press on February 15th, 2019
  1. Employee Management
  2. Leave Provisions


A long-term employee is seeking a 3-to-6-month break to visit his home in China. He has not disclosed the specific reason for the need to return to China – he simply stated it was due to a bad family situation. Am I within my rights to have a more detailed explanation?


You have no obligation to grant the employee unpaid leave in these circumstances (unless a family member is seriously ill or has passed away, in which case they would be entitled to compassionate leave). You may like to remind the employee of this and request they provide further information before unpaid leave is granted.

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