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What's the difference between prescribed annual leave and allocated annual leave?

by , 25 February 2014
Prescribed annual leave and allocated annual leave are two completely different things. Continue reading to find out how these two types of leave differ.

All of your employees are entitled to annual leave of at least 21 consecutive days. This legal entitlement is called prescribed leave.

In this article, we explained that The Ultimate Guide to Annual Leave says there are three ways to work out the amount of leave you give your employees in each leave cycle:

  1. Grant your employee at least 21 consecutive days of annual leave with full pay in each leave cycle. This equates to 15 working days and six weekend days (i.e. three weeks of annual leave). This method also applies if he works a six-day week.
  2. Grant one day's leave for every 17 days worked in the leave cycle.
  3. Grant one hour's leave for every 17 hours worked in the leave cycle.

The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service explains that allocated leave, on the other hand, is additional leave you allocate employees for long service, or to make employment more attractive for senior managers, etc.

Here's what you should know about allocated annual leave

If you want to allocate annual leave, remember these rules:

  • You must clearly explain how allocated leave will be applied
  • Treat allocated leave consistently in terms of your leave policy
     
  • Allocated leave isn't mandatory.


That's not all.

Make sure you remember these important points about prescribed annual leave and allocated annual leave

You can't pay out any unused prescribed annual leave, unless your employee resigns or you terminate his employment. But, you can pay out any excess allocated leave.

Knowing the difference between prescribed annual leave and allocated annual leave will help ensure you manage leave effectively.

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