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Annual leave policy checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

Read the annual leave statement to make sure it meets your needs. Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

Just having an annual leave policy doesn’t mean you’ve complied with your legal obligations. Make sure that the commitments in your policy can reasonably be met, and make a plan for implementing them. For more information, read Employee holidays.

Make the annual leave policy available to employees by, for example, including it in induction packs or employee handbooks, providing it in hard copy, sending it out by email, putting it on notice boards or an intranet site, or other easily accessible company computer systems.  

The annual leave policy is not a contract and does not need to be signed or agreed to by the employee. You can ask employees to sign to an acknowledgement to show that they have received it, but it’s not legally required.

The annual leave policy incorporates statutory requirements regarding annual leave and holiday pay. You should regularly review your policy (eg once each year) to ensure that it stays up to date.

You should download and keep a copy of your annual leave policy, either electronically or in hard copy. If any amendments are made to the copy, you should store all versions and record when the changes occurred. 

A copy of the annual leave policy will also be stored under ‘My Documents’ in your Rocket Lawyer account.

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