What are blackout periods?

Blackout periods are used to define dates or ranges of dates where employees are not allowed to take holiday, such as key busy periods in the working year. Blackouts can apply to the entire organisation or specified teams, locations or departments.

In addition, Blackouts may be defined as mandatory – which means employees cannot request holiday during those periods, or non-mandatory, which means that employees are actively discouraged from requesting absence during those periods, but may still submit a request for discretionary approval by a manager.

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