This is legally a wrong practice. The provision of PL or Annual Leave arise from the Legal Provisions/ Leave Rules etc depending on the establishment whether it is a Factory or Shop & Establishment. The Employees hare every right to avail the PL for their needs as per the Leave Rules with prior intimation and approval and it is paid leave. Only the " Un-availed" leave balance has to be enchased as per the legal provisions, keeping the balance upto allowed levels under the Legal Provisions. ( Factory or Shop). Hence the present practice is not correct and not in line with Legal Provisions.
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