Taking unpaid leave
You can take unpaid leave if your employer agrees to it.
Check with Employment NZ for updates on COVID-19 and leave, and other work-related updates.
Leave and pay entitlements during COVID-19
Unpaid leave for annual closedowns
If your employer has an annual closedown and you don’t have enough leave, 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, you can agree with your employer if:
- the unpaid leave will have any effect on when you get your annual leave or how much you get paid for it, or
- that you’ll move the date of your anniversary out by the amount of unpaid leave you took, so you get your annual leave entitlement later each year from then on.