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Carrying over holiday leave

4.01.2017

How should employers deal with an employee who has not used up their annual leave at the end of the year, because they fell sick?

Employees have the right to re-take their annual leave at a later date if they have booked a holiday but then fall ill during their holiday. The employee should let the employer know as soon as possible and they can re-take their holiday leave at another time.

If the employee remains sick until the end of the holiday leave year, they can reschedule their holiday in the following year. If an employee turns holiday leave into sick leave, they should expect to receive sick pay only, because they are unfit to do the job during that period.

An employee can take a holiday during their sick leave and it is also worth noting that employees continue to build up their holiday entitlement when they are off sick.

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