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Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template

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Our Agreement to Anticipate Annual Leave template streamlines advance leave requests, ensuring clarity and compliance with employment regulations.

If an employee has requested to anticipate annual leave from the next annual leave year, issue this model template letter as your agreement to the request.

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agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template

What is an Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter?

An Agreement to anticipate annual leave is a document for employees to request taking their annual leave entitlement in advance.

The template includes the dates, terms, and impact on future leave entitlements.

Employees sign to confirm their acceptance, and once in place, they can take the agreed leave, with future entitlements adjusted accordingly.

Best practice timescale for this to be issued
When should this letter be issued?
As soon as possible after a decision is made
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this letter, and to whom?
The Employer (you) to the Employee
Applicable legal jurisdictions
In which jurisdictions can this letter be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom), Worldwide

What steps should I take to ensure the effective, compliant execution of this letter?

Step Description Responsibility Timing
1 Employee submits request Employee submits a formal request to anticipate annual leave. Employee submits request.
2 Manager reviews request Manager reviews the request, considering operational needs and staffing requirements. Within 1-2 business days.
3 Decision communicated to employee Manager informs the employee of the decision on their request. If approved, the details of the anticipated annual leave period are provided. Within 1-2 business days after review.
4 Agreement to anticipate annual leave issued If approved, the employer issues an Agreement to Anticipate Annual Leave to the employee, outlining the dates, duration, and any conditions related to the anticipated leave. Within 1-2 business days after the decision.
5 Employee's acknowledgment Employee acknowledges the Agreement and confirms their understanding of the terms by signing the document. Employee signs before the anticipated leave period.

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United Kingdom
  • Working Time Regulations 1998: This legislation provides the framework for annual leave entitlements in the UK, including minimum entitlements, carryover rules, and payment in lieu of leave. Employers should ensure that their Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template complies with these regulations, including the requirement to give employees sufficient notice before requesting them to take leave.

  • Employment Rights Act 1996: This legislation provides protections for employees, including in relation to annual leave entitlements and pay. Employers should ensure that their Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template complies with these protections, including the requirement to provide employees with a written statement of their terms and conditions of employment.

  • Equality Act 2010: This legislation prohibits discrimination in the workplace, including in relation to annual leave requests. Employers should ensure that their Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template does not discriminate against any employee on the basis of their protected characteristics, such as age, gender, race, or disability.

  • Data Protection Act 2018: This legislation regulates the collection, storage, and processing of personal data, including information collected through an Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template. Employers should ensure that their template complies with data protection requirements, including obtaining consent from employees to collect and process their personal data.

  • Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992: This legislation sets out the rights of employees to join a trade union and to engage in collective bargaining with their employer. Employers should ensure that their Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template does not infringe on these rights and that they consult with any trade union representatives before implementing any changes to their annual leave policies.

  • Working Families and Parental Leave Regulations 2014: This legislation provides for various types of leave, including parental leave, that employees may be entitled to in addition to their annual leave. Employers should ensure that their Agreement to anticipate annual leave letter template takes into account any additional leave entitlements that an employee may have.

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Other territories

Refer to your local employment legislation / labor laws to support the execution of the template. Review the wording for local accuracy.

Agreement to anticipate annual leave [Delete this line]

[Company name]

[Sender address]



[Recipient name]

[Recipient address]


Dear [Recipient first name],


Your request to anticipate annual leave

I hope this letter finds you well. We acknowledge your recent request to anticipate your annual leave entitlement due to [reason for advance leave request]. After careful consideration, we are pleased to inform you that we have agreed to grant you [number of days] of your annual leave in advance.

The approved dates for your anticipated leave are [start date] to [end date].

Please note that the amount of leave taken in advance will be deducted from your future annual leave entitlement. Additionally, there may be certain blackout periods when we do not allow employees to take leave due to business demands.

As per your contract of employment, should you leave the Company any leave taken in excess of your entitlement will be recovered either from any monies owing to you or you will be required to reimburse the Company.

We kindly request that you sign and return the enclosed copy of this letter to indicate your acceptance of the terms. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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Yours [faithfully | sincerely],



[Sender name]

[Sender job title]

[Sender telephone]
[Sender email]

How might this be used in practice?

Scenario: Agreement to Anticipate Annual Leave

ABC Limited, a UK-based company, occasionally allows employees to anticipate their annual leave entitlement to accommodate personal circumstances or special occasions. Manager Luke facilitates the process of reaching an agreement with employees who wish to anticipate their annual leave.

Request for Anticipated Annual Leave

Luke receives a request from an employee, John, who wishes to anticipate a portion of his annual leave entitlement to attend his sister's wedding abroad. John submits his request in writing, outlining the dates he wishes to take as anticipated leave and providing a brief explanation of the reason for his request.

Assessment of Request

Luke assesses John's request, considering factors such as business needs, staffing requirements, and the impact of John's absence on his team and projects. She reviews the company's policy on anticipated annual leave to ensure that John's request aligns with the criteria outlined in the policy.

Discussion and Agreement

Luke schedules a meeting with John to discuss his request for anticipated annual leave in more detail. During the meeting, they explore options for accommodating John's request while minimising disruption to the business. Luke explains the process for anticipating annual leave, including any conditions or requirements that need to be met. After discussing the implications of John's anticipated leave and considering the needs of the business, Luke and John reach a mutual agreement on the dates for his anticipated annual leave. They document the agreement in writing, specifying the dates of the anticipated leave and any conditions or arrangements agreed upon, such as covering John's workload during his absence.

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