Can I carry over leave in Poland?

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Wioleta MIodowska
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As per the provisions of the Polish Labor Code, it is stipulated that any annual leave that remains unused by an employee in a given calendar year must be utilized by the 30th of September of the subsequent year. Failure to utilize the leave by this deadline allows for it to be carried forward to the following year, with a maximum carryover period of three years. Once this period has lapsed, any accumulated leave will be forfeited.

It is obligatory for the employer to grant the carried over leave to the employee by the 30th of September of the following year and ensure that it is taken within the designated timeframe. In the event that an employee chooses not to utilize the carried over leave within the legal timeframe, the employer may issue an official order regarding the use of such leave.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact the Lifecycle - Time & Attendance team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of time off requirements in Poland. Consulting with our team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated time off and attendance related requirements. Your proactive engagement with the Time & Attendance team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.

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