Office of Public Works v a Group of Workers Posted In: Case Law
Case ReferenceWTC/12/146, Determination No. DWT 12172
Legal BodyLabour Court (LC)
Type of Claim / JurisdictionWorking Time and Leave
Section 20 (1) of the OWT Act provides that the times at which annual leave is granted to an employee shall be determined by his or her employer. However, the employer concerned must take into account the need for the employee to reconcile work and any family responsibilities and the employee’s opportunities for rest and recreation. An employer must also consult the employee (or his/her trade union, if any) at least one month before the relevant period of annual leave is due to begin.
In this case, the respondent employer decided to change a practice of over 20 years by obliging employees working in its Furniture Division to take annual leave on the working days between St Stephen’s
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