7.06. The annual leave must be taken within 12 months following the end of the reference year.
Notwithstanding the first paragraph, the employer may, at the request of the employee, permit the annual leave to be taken, in whole or in part, during the reference year.
Also, if at the end of the 12 months that follow the end of a reference year, the employee is absent owing to sickness or accident, or is absent or on leave for family or parental matters, the employer may, at the request of the employee, defer the annual leave to the following year. If the annual leave is not deferred, the employer must then pay the employee the annual leave indemnity to which he is entitled.
A period of employment insurance, sickness, or disability, interrupted by a leave taken in accordance with this section, continues, if such is the case, after the leave, as if it had not been interrupted.
R.R.Q., 1981, c. D-2, r. 45, s. 7.06; O.C. 491-89, s. 6; O.C. 1389-99, s. 8; O.C. 723-2005, s. 7.