Should Parents Have Priority Choosing Their Annual Leave?

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Katie

It’s half term this week and soon to be the school summer holidays. Recently there have been several reports focusing on; should employers give priority to parents in regard to taking time off during the children’s holidays?

The 6-week school summer holiday is approaching fast, meaning employers are more likely to receive increased annual leave requests. With the school holidays being right in the middle of summer, it can result in multiple workers requesting leave at the same time, including those without children. Should parents have priority choosing their annual leave?

It can be a hard decision for an employer to make and actions may have an impact upon staff. By not allowing parents time off with their children could be disheartening, however, other employees without children may raise the issue of ‘fairness’. Should annual leave be based on a first-come, first serve basis? Or should parents have a priority?