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Taking unpaid leave

You can take unpaid leave if your employer agrees to it.

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Unpaid leave for annual closedowns

If your employer has an annual closedown and you do not have enough leave, you may have to take unpaid leave.

When you want to take 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.

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