Important ruling on annual leave accrual

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Capsticks

15 / 7 / 2015 4.11pm

How do you manage the accrual of annual leave?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), has recently made a judgement about the amount of holiday that employees on sickness absence are permitted to carry forward.

In a recent case, Plumb v Duncan Print Group Limited, they have ruled that:

  • employees absent due to sickness must take annual leave within 18 months of the end of the year during which the holiday was accrued
  • employees are not required to provide evidence that they were unable to take annual leave due to sickness.

Healthcare legal firm Capsticks has pointed out that while employers may welcome clarification of the issue and the 18 month limit, this area continues to develop and employers should keep their policies relating to sickness absence under review.

A useful summary of the case and the key implications for employers can be found on Capsticks website.

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