Employees can only take unpaid leave with your agreement. However, you might like to allow an employee to take unpaid leave if they do not have sufficient leave to attend to other commitments in their life.
Employees may request unpaid leave to travel, study, care for someone who is ill, and similar reasons.
They might also wish to take time off without pay to deal with personal or family matters, including family violence. The It's not OK website provides information on how your workplace can play a role in preventing family violence and create workplace safety plans for any of your employees who are experiencing family violence. It also has tips for employers and managers(external link).
If an employee takes more than a week of unpaid leave over the year, you can choose to: