Holidays Act 2003

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18 Taking of annual holidays


An employer must allow an employee to take annual holidays within 12 months after the date on which the employee’s entitlement to the holidays arose.


If an employee elects to do so, the employer must allow the employee to take at least 2 weeks of his or her annual holidays entitlement in a continuous period.


When annual holidays are to be taken by the employee is to be agreed between the employer and employee.


An employer must not unreasonably withhold consent to an employee’s request to take annual holidays.