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Can I carry over my annual leave from long term absence?
The Police Negotiating Board (PNB) was keen to ensure that the carry over provision was further applied to enable officers to carry over their four weeks' (pro-rata for part-time officers) Working Time Directive leave entitlement into the next year where a member has been unable to take that leave:

  • i) where the member has been absent on long-term sick leave butresumed duty late in the leave year and so had not had the opportunity to take all of their annual leave before the end of the leave year; and
  • ii) because of long-term absence on sick leave which continues into a new leave year.
f a member returns to duty from sick leave within the same leave year, they will be entitled to receive the leave entitlement from that year, minus any leave they have already taken. Where a member returns to duty late in the leave year and so does not have the opportunity to take all their annual leave before the end of the leave year, or where a member returns to duty in a new leave year, he or she will be entitled to carry over four weeks' annual leave (less any annual leave and bank holidays already taken) into the new leave year. However, any annual leave carried over must be taken within 15 months of the end of the leave year in which it accrued.

Further details can be found in PNB Circular 2014/23. This circular also covers the carry-over of annual leave when an officer has been on maternity leave.
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