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FAQ - Can your employees work for another employer when on annual leave?

annual leave

Frequently Asked Question : 

"As an employer, can we direct an employee not to work for another employer whilst they are absent on a period of annual leave?"

No.

The terms and conditions relating to annual leave are regulated by the Fair Work Act 2009.
 
As the Fair Work Act 2009 does not provide any such restrictions on this matter, an employer is unable to control the activities of an employee while they are absent on a period of approved annual leave. 

Given this, an employee would be able to perform work for another employer provided that the work performed was not in conflict in any way to the work that they perform in their usual employment with you. 

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