On Vacation and Sick? European Court Says Take Another

Posted by Kendall Harmon

For most Europeans, almost nothing is more prized than their four to six weeks of guaranteed annual vacation leave. But it was not clear just how sacrosanct that time off was until Thursday, when Europe’s highest court ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.

“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 of Justice of the European Union, based in Luxembourg, ruled in a case involving department store workers in Spain. “The purpose of entitlement to sick leave is different, since it enables a worker to recover from an illness that has caused him to be unfit for work.”

With much of Europe mired in recession, governments struggling to reduce budget deficits and officials trying to combat high unemployment, the ruling is a reminder of just how hard it is to shake up long-established and legally protected labor practices that make it hard to put more people to work and revive sinking economies.

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Posted June 23, 2012 at 10:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Brent B wrote:

Last line of the article: “The ruling does not apply to the 25 percent of the Spanish labor force that is currently unemployed.”

June 23, 8:27 pm | [comment link]
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