Can I refuse an annual leave request?

Yes, although employees have the right to statutory annual leave, employers can say when leave can or cannot be taken. Some organisations have shut-downs when employees are required to take leave and others may stop employees taking leave during busy periods at certain times of the year. To avoid issues cropping up at busy times…

Why should my business have an Employee Handbook?

Why should my business have an Employee Handbook?

Employee handbooks are a staple to any business and, where well written and properly communicated to your workforce, will provide an invaluable reference point for managers and their teams. Employee handbooks set the expectations between employers and their employees. They provide clear guidelines on the company’s rules and practices and are especially useful when onboarding…

Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee's continuity of service?

Does a period of unpaid leave create a break in an employee’s continuity of service?

It is common during unpaid leave that is pre-arranged, for the employee to remain under a contract of employment and so continuity of service will not normally be broken. In addition, even if there is no contract of employment covering the period, the Employment Rights Act 1996 provides that continuity of employment can be maintained…