Taking unpaid leave
You can take unpaid leave if your employer agrees to it. The agreement should be recorded in writing.
If you’re affected by COVID-19, Employment New Zealand has guidance on work-related issues:
Unpaid leave for annual closedowns
If your employer has an annual closedown and you do not have enough annual holidays, you may have to take unpaid leave.
Taking more than a week of unpaid leave
If you take more than a week of unpaid leave over the year:
- your anniversary date for entitlement to annual holidays moves out by the amount of unpaid leave you take, or
- you can agree with your employer that your anniversary date for annual holidays entitlement will not change — in this case, your employer reduces the number of weeks used to calculate your average weekly earnings for annual holiday pay by the number of weeks and part weeks, greater than 1 week, that you were on leave without pay.
For more information and example scenarios visit the Employment New Zealand website: