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Annual leave is paid time off from work, and all employees are entitled to accrue a minimum of four weeks of leave per year. Employees are not entitled to take their leave until they have worked for you for 12 months, but you can agree to let them take it earlier. 

Paying a current employee for taking annual leave is explained below. If you're paying out leave to an employee whose employment is being terminated, see Pay annual leave in a termination pay.

Employees may request to cash up part of their annual leave, which you will need to pay separately to the rest of their leave.

Payment for Annual Holidays is calculated automatically by Ace Payroll according to sections 21-28 of the Holidays Act 2003.

For more information about pay rates, legislation, and how Ace Payroll processes annual leave, see Calculating pay for annual leave.

Changing annual leave entitlement

You can give your employees more than the minimum four weeks of leave per year if you want to. Simply change your employee's annual leave entitlement in Ace Payroll, and the software will keep track of it for you.

You can change annual leave entitlement for a regular employee at any time, and you must change annual leave entitlements when a casual employee becomes permanent

Casual employees and annual leave

Casual employees are employees who do not work on a regular basis. Casual employees are typically paid 8% of their gross income as part of their regular pay, rather than accruing paid time off. 

When a casual employee becomes permanent you will need to change their annual leave entitlements in Ace Payroll to reflect their permanent status.

Public holidays during annual leave

If a public holiday occurs during an employee’s annual holidays, it must be treated as a public holiday and not as part of the employee’s annual holidays.  For example, if your employee is on holiday for an entire 5 day work week but one of those days is a public holiday, they will only need to use 4 days of their annual leave.

In this case you would pay your employee for 4 days of annual leave, and one public holiday.

Paying annual leave without 12 months of pay history

If you’ve been using Ace Payroll for less than a year and it’s time to pay an employee for their annual leave, don’t worry. You do not need 12 months worth of pay history for that employee.

Ace Payroll does this calculation for you automatically .

Paying annual leave which spans multiple pay periods

When paying an employee annual leave, Ace Payroll will calculate a daily rate of at least the greater amount of:

  • ordinary weekly pay (OWP) as at the beginning of the annual holiday, or
  • the employee’s average weekly earnings (AWE) for the 12 months immediately before the end of the last pay period before the annual holiday.

So when paying an employee for annual leave which spans multiple pay periods and the daily rate drops from the first period, you can easily override the rate to match.

Just click the keyboard icon to the right of the rate and adjust the value.

To pay annual leave

To pay annual leave
  1. From the front screen, click Pay Calculation and select the employee you want to pay leave to.
  2. Click Leave, then Holiday Pay, then Next

  3. The Current or Final Holiday Pay window appears. Click Current Employee , then click Next .  

  4. The Holiday After Full Year Service window appears. Click Enter Days Taken to open the leave calendar. 

  5.  The Leave Calendar opens. Click once on each day your employee is taking as leave. An icon of a sun will appear to show that the day has been selected.   

    To deselect a day, click on the sun icon then click D elete.  
       
    Only click on days they would otherwise have worked. For example, if your employee always has Saturday and Sunday off then do not select those days.

    The calendar shows all public holidays. Do not select these. If a public holiday occurs during an employee’s annual leave, it must be treated as a public holiday and not as part of the employee’s leave. You will need to enter the public holiday payment separately to the annual holiday payment. For instructions, see Pay a public holiday and Pay a public holiday during a closedown period.

  6. Once you have selected the correct days, click Ok.

  7. Click Confirm Daily Rate.
    The Confirm Daily Rate window appears and Ace Payroll automatically calculates the correct payment. If you're paying annual leave which spans multiple pay periods, ensure the daily rate is correct. See above for details.

  8. Click Go to close the window, then Next.

  9. Check that the information is correct, then click Confirm.   
     The Select Regular Or Extra Pay window appears.

  10. If you are paying your employee:
    a) for their annual leave as they take it, click Taking Paid Holidays, then click Next and Confirm.  
    b) in advance of their annual leave as a lump sum, click Holiday Paid In Advance, then click Next

  11. Select the tax rate that applies to your employee’s annual income, click Next, then click Confirm.


Your payroll sheet is automatically updated with the changes you have made.