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Birdyfly Fri 17-Jan-20 17:13:27

Is this true?

An employer can put in a policy to make you use all your holiday up?

For example, can an employer say "you have to book all of your holiday now for the rest of the year"

Thanks in advance!

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dementedpixie Fri 17-Jan-20 17:32:34


itsboiledeggsagain Fri 17-Jan-20 17:34:02

I would say so.

You have the right to leave but not the right to decide when to use it.

CMOTDibbler Fri 17-Jan-20 17:35:00

Yes, you only get to take your holiday with your employers agreement - they can specify when and when it must be decided

Bluntness100 Fri 17-Jan-20 17:35:13

Yes of course, why would that be illegal, they need to manage their business and if knowing when staff vacations are o ensure cover, then why would that be illegal? confused

Birdyfly Fri 17-Jan-20 17:35:52

Oh that seems crazy! What happens if you need to keep a day free for emergencies etc?

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BikeRunSki Fri 17-Jan-20 17:36:40

In the construction industry it’s fairly common to be told when you can take leave. Time off is often allocated months in advance.

Invisimamma Fri 17-Jan-20 17:36:53

Yes they can. Many places do this, particularly emergency services. They can also cancel your leave at short notice and give you dates another time.

RippleEffects Fri 17-Jan-20 17:37:23

Yes but there would need to be fair application of it and if too ridgid it wouldn't suit people and staff would walk.

Teaching is an example of rigid employment times and no holiday flexibility.

kirstii Fri 17-Jan-20 17:38:40

It is crazy but I've definitely heard of it before, I couldn't imagine having to use my holidays up, I might not plan a trip that's in 8 months time for another 2 months so how to know the accurate dates of everything is ridiculous!

Bluntness100 Fri 17-Jan-20 17:48:49

If it's an emergancy then you need to soeak to them clearly , if you can't go to work you can't go to work. Either they can let you take an extra day or you can move a days vacation planned if they can get cover.

Businesses need to be able to ensure adequate cover. It's fine for them to want holidays notified in advance.

Emergencies should be a very rare occurance and I'd imagine most employers would be lenient if a true emergancy,

Birdyfly Fri 17-Jan-20 17:57:34

Ok thanks everyone!

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katzenellenbogen Fri 17-Jan-20 18:27:12

When I was a student nurse many, many years ago you were told when you would be taking your holidays.

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