Sick on holiday? Take Another one!

On June 29, 2012 by Nelson Fernandez

Imagine the unfair scenario of being working hard all year, only to get sick during your holiday. That’s bad enough but, would you receive any sick pay?

You might feel run down with all the pre-flight nervousness and anticipation, sit besides a sneezing child on the plane or maybe get knocked out by jet-lag and exotic food, but the truth is that many of us have been sick on holiday.

Now, thanks to a new law introduced by the Court of Justice of the European Union, you can trade your holiday days in case you become ill for sick days that can be used any time later.

“The purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy a period of relaxation and leisure,” the court wisely ruled. “The purpose of entitlement to sick leave is different, since it enables a worker to recover from an illness that has caused them to be unfit for work,” they added.

The story behind the ruling comes from a dispute between Spanish trade unions and the National Association of Large Distribution Businesses (ANGED). On one side the unions wanted workers to have statutory sick pay, even when their holidays coincide with periods of sick leave. Understandably, the companies were having none of this, hence the case reaching Spain’s high court. This court then referred the problem to the Court of Justice for the European Union.

With this reassuring news you may feel more comfortable when it comes to book your holiday to Florida. Award winning tour operator Kenwood Travel can offer you exclusive resort packages and a friendly and knowledgeable service.

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