Is annual leave accrued on a period of paid suspension? If an employee is suspended from work pending a disciplinary investigation, is there an entitlement to accrue annual leave? Ideally we would like to adjust our annual leave policy to state that whilst on paid suspension you do not accrue annual leave.

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 6 March 2012
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox
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Yes. During any period of paid disciplinary suspension, the contract of employment continues and it is normally the case that employees who are suspended under disciplinary policies are required to be available to their employer. As such, annual leave entitlement continues to accrue in the usual way as if the employee were at work. Ideally, the period of suspension should be as short as possible and kept under regular review. This should allow you to minimise and monitor accrual of annual leave. Back to Q&A's This article is correct at 02/09/2015
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