What are the advantages to an employer of having an annual leave policy and procedure?

An annual leave policy and procedure is a vital tool for employers as it lays out the rules and processes that employers and employees should follow in respect of annual leave. This enables line managers to take a consistent approach to annual leave across the business, so that employees feel they have been treated fairly. It also minimises the opportunity for disputes, because an employee is more likely to be granted an annual leave request if he or she has followed the procedure and thereby given the employer sufficient notice of the leave for the employer to prepare for the absence.