You can take unpaid leave if your employer agrees to it.
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, your employer can choose to:
- 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
- decide not to include the unpaid weeks when they work out your average weekly pay (which is used to determine how much you get paid for public holidays and time on leave) — eg, if you took 2 weeks' unpaid leave, they might calculate your average pay by dividing your income by 50 instead of 52
- decide that the unpaid leave won't have any effect on when you get your annual leave or how much you get paid for it.