Unpaid Leave Policy

Unpaid Leave Policy

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Last updated December 2018
Last updated January 5, 2021
Suitable for all Australian states and territories
Suitable for all Australian states and territories

You can use this Unpaid Leave Policy to help your employees feel comfortable requesting time off if they do not have an entitlement to paid leave, or have run out of paid leave. This Policy also clarifies that the Company is under no obligation to approve such leave where it is not compatible with the Company’s needs.

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This Unpaid Leave Policy can be used to help protect your Company by ensuring that employees are aware of their obligation to request leave, even where this is unpaid leave. This Policy can also be used to help support employees who need to take time off for personal reasons and who may not be entitled to another form of leave.

Use this Policy if:

  • You want to help your employees feel comfortable raising a request for unpaid leave, while giving you the right to decline where this is not compatible with business needs;
  • You need to ensure that employees are aware that all requests for leave need to be approved, and leave cannot be taken without authorisation; and
  • You want to provide guidance to management staff on how to approach requests for unpaid leave by staff.

What does this Policy cover?

  • The process for unpaid leave requests by employees;
  • Key factors that are considered by the Company when an unpaid leave request is received;
  • A clarification that leave needs to be authorised to be taken; and
  • The right of the Company to decline a request for unpaid leave.

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