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Your questions answered: Can we stipulate which type of leave our employees can take?

By Portner Press on July 29th, 2019
  1. Employee Management
  2. Leave Provisions

Q
Can our personal leave policy state that if an employee has run out of paid personal leave entitlements, they are required to take time in lieu or annual leave in the first instance and then personal leave without pay as the final option? Or can they take unpaid personal leave even though they have an annual leave balance or accrued time in lieu?
A
Yes, your leave policy can outline that staff are expected to use annual leave or time in lieu once they have run out of paid personal leave entitlements. Employees do not have a statutory entitlement to unpaid leave. It is discretionary and you can choose to grant it in exceptional circumstances.

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