Hello Everyone!
Different companies allocate different number of leaves in a year.
How many leaves should employees be provided in a year?Kindly support it with your train of reason. Also mention the industry type, location, working hours and whether saturdays are off days or not.
Looking forward to all your replies.

From India, Nasik
Onboarding, Recruitment, Employee Engagement,
Human Resources Director
General Manager Hr
Asst. Manager Finance & Admin
Rahul Kumar
Senior Hr Professional
R Devarajan
Human Resources Manager
Hr Profession
Hr Consultant
Hr Diplma Student

Use factoHR and automate your HR processes

Mobile-first hire to retire HR and Payroll software that automates all HR operations and works as a catalysts for your organisational growth.


Hello Everyone,
I would like to design a new leave policy. I really would appreciate your inputs in this regard.
Different companies allocate different number of leaves in a year.
How many leaves should employees be provided in a year?Kindly support it with your train of reason. Also mention the industry type, location, working hours and whether saturdays are off days or not.
Looking forward to all your replies.

From India, Nasik
R Devarajan

normally an employee should be given atleast 16 days leave in a calender year. you may please refer to the indian factories act sec.74, leave with wages column. it is said, every employee should be given one day leave for 20 days worked during the month. so, if you calculate the no of leave during the year, it will come to 15 or 16 during the year. Mind that this is leave is apart from the national and festival holidays you declare in your company.
further doubt you can ask me
R Devarajan

From India, Madras
Jitendra Rami

If your org. is in Mumbai/Maharastra/Gujarat and registered under Bombay Shop & Estb Act, you shall provide for 21 days of leave (min. PL or EL this shall include your CL, Sick Leave).
In addition under National Holiday Act - 04 National Holiday (26 Jan, 1 May, 15 Aug & 2 Oct)
Festival Holiday you can decide. (most company give 6 - 8 days)
Also, there is a provision in Bombay Shop & Estb Act under which you can provide for leave (An employee who has not worked for one year is entitled to leave with pay for 5 days for every 60 days of work. ) This provision can be activated if you have to give leave to trainee/under probations.
Jitendra Rami

From India, Mumbai


Generally the leave policy differs from company to company. In manufacturing industries leave policy gets divided for two sets of employees:

1. Unionized Employee: They are entitled for Privileged leave / Earned Leave as per the India Factories Act i.e one leave for each 20 days worked. Casual Leave as per the provisions of Standing Orders and Sick Leave at the discreation of the management.

2. Non Unionized Employee: They are entitled for 30 Privilleged leave in a year if intervening W/O and Holidays during leave availed are counted as leave. if intervening W/O and Paid holiday during leave availed is not counted as leave 26 or 24 days of Privileged leave is allowed. In some comapnies having 5 working days the leave is allowed for 21 days. Apart from this 07 casual leave or 10 leave is allocated (Refer Standing Orders act). Sick leave is at the discreation of the management.

Over and above both sets of employees are allowed 6,7,8 or 10 days paid holiday as per the policy.

Hope it clarifies



From United States
Is there a law definng the leave for non-unionised workers also, I mean the executive & Managerial class.
Or is the practice of 30days EL / PL a norm followed in the industry and can be changed at the company's discretion.

From India, Guwahati

hai shymali,

Try this...............

Employees are entitled to Casual Leave, Sick Leave and Earned leave during the course of their employment.

Earned leave:

This is to facilitate the employees to take sufficient rest and break for short spells and the minimum leave available is 12 days per annum provided the employee has worked for 240 days in the calendar year, ie Earned leave is applicable only after one year of service.

Casual leave:

The object of casual leave is to enable an employee to attend to some urgent or unforeseen contingencies and the leave available is 12 days per annum. For availing CL the employee shall get the prior approval of the concerned HOD / superior. Casual Leave cannot be carried forward to next year. Casual leave cannot be taken twice a month or more than 3 days at a stretch nor can be clubbed with other leave at the same time. Casual leave is applicable for all types of employees. (included Probationer, Temporary Employee & Casual Employee)

Sick leave:

This is to help the employee attend to sickness and related disturbances and the leave available is 12 days per annum. The balance of sick leave at the end of any year can be carried forward to the next year. Any sick leave beyond 3 days at a stretch, need to be accompanied by a proper medical certificate from an authorized Medical Doctor, not below the rank of Asst Surgeon

+ National HD/Festival h/d has per the Shot & Est. Act 11 days

Total As per the Shops & Est. 11 days

C L 12 days

S L 12 days

PL/EL ( after a CL yr ) 12 days.

With warm regards

Kugan Paramasivam.


From India
subhash Chandra

Hi Puja!
Each and every employee of the Organization covered under Shop and Establishment Act is entitled for statutory leave as specified in the Act. As per Delhi Shop and Establishment Act 15 PL/EL and 12SL/CL in a calender year are compulsory.
But these days in the coemption of being number one company wrt to best HR Practices Companies are providing 25 to 40 PL/EL and 20 to 24 SL/CL. There is no fix practice on leave as well on saturday off. To attract good calibre Companies are doing a lot on this.
But General Trend is around 30PL and 12 SL/CL and Alternate saturdays are off in many companies.

From India, New Delhi


Since I have no idea whether your company is in manufacturing sector or service sector (including software), I would like to clarify the rules under both sectors.

In case it is manufacturing company, you need to adhere to Factories Act 1948 and rules made thereunder.

In case you are a software company/working in service sector, you need to adhere to shop and commercial Establishment Act of the particular state.

Factory Act applies universally in India (irrespective of state), while shop and commercial establishment act is localized)

Please note that leaves as per the act are minimum number of leaves and you are free to give more leaves, in case your organization so wishes.

However, there is word of caution with regard to leaves granted by the companies. Some companies tend to reduce the leaves at their own sweet will after they announce higher number of leaves than stipulated under law , which is in contravention of law

Please note that under law , any facility extended to employees cannot be be withdrawn as it becomes condition of service.

I hope this will help you in framming your leave rules

Daleep K Parimoo


Thanks everyone!
Special thanks to Daleep.
I am collecting data to find the industry norms, because our employees feel that they are being given fewer holidays.
I wanted some genuine figures for the state of westbengal.

From India, Nasik

If you are knowledgeable about any fact, resource or experience related to this topic - please add your views.

About Us Advertise Contact Us Testimonials
Privacy Policy Disclaimer Terms Of Service

All rights reserved @ 2022 CiteHRŽ

All Material Copyright And Trademarks Posted Held By Respective Owners.
Panel Selection For Threads Are Automated - Members Notified Via CiteMailer Server