If an employee returns from long-term absence, can they be paid rather than taking the entitlement accrued within the 15 month period?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 5 January 2016 Issues covered:
Since 1 August 2015, following the amendment of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 by the Workplace Relations Act 2015, an annual leave carryover period of 15 months after a leave year will apply to employees who could not, due to medically certified illness, take annual leave during the relevant leave year or during the normal carryover period of 6 months.
Under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, employers are prohibited from paying employees in lieu of their annual leave entitlement – this would include any annual leave accrued during sick leave.
However, the Act allows for an exception to this when the employee is ceasing employment, in which case, the employer can pay an
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