An employee of one of our clients wants to use a combination of accrued annual leave and long service leave entitlements to take 6 months leave.

The question asked of us was whether our client’s business is legally obliged to accept the employee’s request for extended leave?

There is generally no limit on the period of leave that can be taken at once.  Leave is to be taken at a time agreed between the employee and employer, but an employer must not unreasonably refuse a request.

A refusal could be on business grounds if it is reasonable.  If you are considering refusing this request, it would be advisable to consult with the employee and come to some agreement about how they can use their leave in a way that doesn’t unreasonably impact on your business.


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