Does an employee have the right to carry forward unused annual leave into the following leave year?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 July 2017
A leave year is normally specified in an employment contract or an agreement relating to the employment, however, if no such agreement or contract exists the leave year will begin on the date the employee started their employment. The Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 (the “Regulations”), which came into force on 28 February 2016, provide for a total of 5.6 weeks’ of annual leave in each leave year. This is broken up into:
- a basic entitlement of four weeks annual leave each year (this is required under the Working Time Directive 2003/88/EC); and
- an additional entitlement to
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