European Court rules on sickness during paid leave

European Court rules on sickness during paid leave

Employees who get sick during their annual leave are entitled to take corresponding paid leave at a later date, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
The ruling was made under the Working Time Directive in relation to a Spanish case, but is applicable across the EU, including the UK.
The judge ruled that the purpose of annual leave is to enable workers to have a period of rest and relaxation away from work, whereas the purpose of sick leave is to enable a worker to recover from illness. The ruling means if an illness arises during leave, the worker can interrupt their leave and take it at a later date.

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