Last year our company changed the policy to neither carry forward employee annual leave days nor reimburse them. Eventually everyone has to 'use up' their full leave for a calendar year.
The deadline for availing leaves is very near and most of the employees still have more than half of their leave days in the bag. Good thing is that every one has applied for leaves and willing to avail them from beginning of this announcement. But, due to workload, managers of the departments are not approving the leaves (or only allowing short leaves). HR and Admin on the other end don't want to hear the employee case and keep telling that all leaves will be nullified.
What should be the best way to deal with this type of situation? No one wants their leaves to get void but managers are not approving them and HR/Admin is not willing to give some relaxation in the policy.