Employment Review - January 2010

    View Author January 2010

    In a decision that will warm the hearts of HR professionals and line managers alike, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has held in Lyons v Mitie Security Ltd that annual leave not taken close to the end of the relevant leave year can be lost by a worker, provided that the employer does not operate its leave procedures and conditions so as to deny requests for leave unreasonably. Employers can therefore legitimately turn down year-end requests to take annual leave if the request does not suit their business requirements, though prudent employers would make sure that their employees were aware of the requirement to take their leave during the holiday year in question and the risk of losing it if they do not.