We have a number of staff carrying over a lot of annual leave. Can we insist on the annual leave being taken within the year or do we have to allow them to carry the leave? Over the years the taking of annual leave within the year has never been enforced.

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 September 2012
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

Under the Working Time legislation in the UK, an employee is entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ holiday a year. A worker must take 4 weeks of that holiday entitlement in the relevant holiday year or they will lose their entitlement to it. He or she should also use the additional 1.6 weeks’ holiday in the relevant holiday year, unless they have the employer’s agreement to carry it forward.

Some employers offer an additional holiday entitlement over the 5.6 weeks, and the employees’ contract of employment would normally contain provisions as to how these should be taken, i.e. either used,

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Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

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