One employee does not want to take all their leave entitlement, another employee has asked for extended holiday leave and a third has been called for jury service. How should I respond?

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One employee does not want to take all their leave entitlement, another employee has asked for extended holiday leave and a third has been called for jury service. How should I respond?

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A full-time employee is entitled to 5.6 weeks leave a year, which equates to 28 days for someone who works a five-day week. EU regulations dictate that four weeks of the 5.6 weeks must be taken during the leave year. The remaining 1.6 weeks can be carried over to the following year with the employer’s agreement.

The Working Time Regulations 1998 have a provision that allows employers to insist that employees take at least the minimum period of leave. The employer needs to serve notice on the employee; such notice must be twice as long as the leave to be taken (ie for one week’s leave, two weeks’ notice must be given).

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