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This sample Employee Refused Annual Leave but Indicates they may take Unauthorised Leave - Letter applies to a situation when an employer refuses an application for annual leave on reasonable grounds but suspects that the employee may take unauthorised leave for the dates covered by the application. For example, an employee indicates that he/she has already booked flights and plans to take the trip even though the leave has not been approved. The letter makes clear that disciplinary action (including termination) may be taken if the employee takes unauthorised leave.

Guidance notes and instructions are shown italicised.

Please note:   Under the National Employment Standards, employers have the right to refuse a request for annual leave if the refusal is based on the operational requirements of the establishment and is reasonable.


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Date Update
09/12/2019 This letter has undergone a periodic review. No significant changes have been made.





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