Can an employee take pre-booked holidays whilst suspended?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 October 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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A period of suspension should not change the normal position with regard to holiday and this should be clearly stated in the employee’s contract of employment or in the staff handbook.

Therefore, provided that the annual leave was booked and approved in line with the employer’s holiday procedure, a suspended employee will still be entitled to take their annual leave.  In line with best practice, employers should notify, in writing, any employee who is being suspended. The content of this letter should set out details of the suspension and deal with the periods of annual leave during suspension. As suspensions are usually to enable an employer to investigate instances of misconduct, the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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