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You can manage each employees' leave accruals and balances on the Leave tab of their employee record (Payroll menu > Employees > click the employee > Payroll details tab > Leave tab).

On the Leave tab you can manage the types of leave an employee is entitled to, and enter any carry over leave balances owing to them. If you're not sure what an employee is entitled to, in Australia the FairWork website is a good place to start. In New Zealand visit

For more information on setting up an employees' leave, see the help for Australia or New Zealand.

You can also do the following tasks to manage your employees’ leave:


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View employees' leave balances

On the Leave tab of an employee's record you can view the amount of leave they're entitled to.

Leave balances are also shown on the employee’s pay slip. In Australia, you can also choose to include personal leave balances on the pay slip by selecting or deselecting the option on the leave pay item.

Note that these balances include the amount of leave accrued during the pay period. That is the balance shown as at the end of the pay period. This will usually be different to the balance shown on the Leave tab of the employee's record before you do the pay run.

For more information about how leave is calculated, see the help for Australia or New Zealand.

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See leave balances in the pay run (Australia only)

When paying an employee, hover over the info icon in the leave hours field to see a summary of the leave balance.

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Cash out annual leave

Cashing out annual leave is when an employee is paid for annual leave without taking the time off work. It's also known as cashing in, cashing up, or selling annual leave.

To cash out annual leave in MYOB, it's a good idea to process a separate pay run just for the cashed out leave. For all the details see the help for Australia or New Zealand.

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Adjust an employee's leave balance

If an employee's leave balance is wrong, you can adjust it.

How you do it depends on your location.

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You can adjust an employee's leave balance by recording a zero dollar pay with a leave adjustment value. The employee won't be paid anything, but their leave balance will be corrected. You can also add a note to the pay so the resulting pay slip will clearly show the adjustment you've made. It also provides a record and audit trail of what happened and how you fixed it.

  1. Go to the Payroll menu and choose Create pay run.
  2. For the Pay cycle, choose Unscheduled. This ensures the pay will contain zero hours and amounts.
  3. For the pay dates, choose today's date and click Next.
  4. Select the employee who's leave you're whose leave needs adjusting.
  5. Click the arrow Image Removed employee to expand the employee's their pay.
  6. In the Pay slip message field, enter a note about what you're doing, like "Leave balance reduced by 5 hours".
  7. For the relevant leave accrual, enter the adjustment in the Hours column. For example, if you need to reduce the annual leave balance by 5 hours, enter -5.00 next to Annual Leave Accrual. Here's our example:
  8. Continue processing the pay as normal. Need a refresher?

See it in action

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If you need to adjust an employee's leave balance, use the Opening leave balance in the employee's contact record (Payroll menu > Employees > click the employee > Leave tab > Annual holidays > Opening leave balance).

Simply increase or decrease this value to increase or decrease the employee's leave balance. For example, to increase their leave balance by 1 week, increase their opening leave balance by 1.

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Need to convert hours to weeks? Just divide the hours by the Definition of a week (which is shown in the Annual holidays screen). 

If an employee's working week changes

If you change the Hours worked per week (in the Standard pay tab of their employee record), this changes their Definition of a week, but their available leave balance (in weeks) will not change.

For example:

  • An employee works 20 hours per week and their annual leave balance is 4 weeks.
  • If converted to hours, those 4 weeks equal 80 hours (4 weeks x 20 hours)
  • The employee's work hours increase to 30 hours per week.
  • Their annual leave balance will still be 4 weeks, but those 4 weeks are now equal to 120 hours (4 weeks x 30 hours).
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titleRelated topics

Set up leave

Adding an employee

Adding an employee - NZ

Setting up pay items

Creating earnings and deductions - NZ

Cashing out annual leave

Cashing up leave - NZ