Make balanced decisions on leave requests

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Make balanced decisions on leave requests

Fiona Mines

Dear Aunt MASie

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DEAR AUNT MASIE

We need some guidance about leave. To start with, we have an employee who uses all their annual leave entitlement early in the year and then requests leave without pay during the rest of the year to take further breaks. Other staff members are starting to resent the amount of leave they take. Also, with the opening of travel bubbles, we want to know how to manage any potential risks of our staff being exposed to COVID-19 overseas.

Gone fishing, Northland

What are the rules? As you may know, em­ployees are legally enti­tled under the Holidays Act 2003 to four weeks’ annual leave after 12 months’ con