How much Leave are Employees Entitled to Annually?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 July 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Annual Leave

With the summer holidays beginning, employers can expect the next few months to be filled with annual leave requests from their employees. It is therefore important for employers to refresh their understanding regarding the annual leave entitlements afforded to their employees.

The Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016 set out the minimum annual leave entitlement for employees. This entitlement is available to all workers above school leaving age – those on temporary or permanent contracts, those employed on a full-time or part-time basis and extends to those who are agency workers. These workers have the minimum entitlement to 5.6 weeks’ paid leave each year which is capped at

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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