Is there a requirement on the employer to ensure that an employee takes a minimum amount of annual leave?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 3 May 2016
Zelda Cunningham
Arthur Cox
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Employees have a statutory entitlement under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (the “Act”) to the greater of 4 working weeks paid annual leave, 8% of hours worked (subject to a maximum of 4 working weeks) or 1/3 of a working week in which the employees works 117 hours.

The employer has an obligation to ensure that employees take their annual leave in the leave year. There can be health and safety implications for an employer who does not ensure staff take their minimum statutory entitlement to annual leave in the leave year. Employers have an obligation to provide employees with 8 months' service 2 unbroken working weeks of holidays, and must permit annual leave to be taken having

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Zelda Cunningham
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