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A quick thought on illness, employment and holiday

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) have, in their infinite wisdom, ruled that employees who are sick whilst on annual leave can reclaim from their employers the holiday affected.

As this is an ECJ judgement, the UK is obliged to do something about it and the government has said that it will implement the change from October.

The obvious next step therefore is for someone to start trying to claim for days off because of illnesses which occur during weekends (or whenever their weekly rest days are). Ill on Sunday? Take Monday off…

Cynicism aside, I am happy to accept this on one condition: if employees fall ill during non-holiday time, their employer should have the right to reclaim the equivalent amount of holiday time from them in order to make up for this.

Fair’s fair after all…