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Annual Leave over the Holiday Period

With the Christmas period approaching the question of tasking annual leave over the holiday period may become topical. Most retailer prohibit the taking of annual leave over this period, while other companies will stand down for this period and require workers to take annual leave. There was a case in the Fair Work Commission earlier in the month where a worker took annual leave over a period when his contract prohibited this. He did so because one of the owners had verbally agreed to the request. However when he put in a formal application for annual leave it was rejected. Notwithstanding that he took the leave anyway and was dismissed The Fair Work Commission supported the employer’s decision.

See: [2019] FWC 6812