What if I fall ill when I am holiday?

Changes to European law mean that workers who are taken ill or injured while on holiday should be paid sick pay for the days when they are ill.

They should also be allowed to retake their paid holiday at a later date.

Employers are allowed to make rules about notifying sickness whilst on holiday and about what rate of sick pay should be paid (as long as it is at least Statutory Sick Pay).

Remember that there are short deadlines for claims in the employment tribunal

This issue is complicated. Speak to your rep if you want advice on asking your employer to pay sick pay or to reschedule holiday in these circumstances. It is best to act quickly.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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