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Do I need to give my employer a reason when I apply for annual leave?

You are not required by law to provide a reason for taking annual leave.

However, if you need to take leave during a peak period at work, explaining your reasons may help you reach an agreement.

If you need to take leave on a certain date, you should also let your employer know as early as possible so that they can better accommodate your request.

Annual leave is important for employees’ well-being. Happy employees are productive employees. It is good practice for employers to help employees achieve a good work-life harmony by allowing them to use their annual leave entitlement.

Last Updated: 7 September 2017