Can we enforce a policy that annual leave must be taken within the leave year and not allow any carry forward of holidays?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 March 2017
Statutory leave under the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 may only be taken in the leave year in respect of which it is due. There is therefore no right under the WTR for an employee to carry forward untaken holiday from one leave year to the next and no right for an employer to delay an employee's holiday until the next leave year. However, there appears to be nothing to prevent an employer allowing an employee to carry forward untaken holiday, whether accrued under the WTR or their contract, provided the choice is entirely the employee's and they are free to change their
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