Google Adwords 0808 278 1398 Bing Ads 0808 274 4482

Is it true that if an employee is ill while on holiday they can take it as sick leave instead?

If an employee is ill while on holiday, they can take the time off as sick leave instead. The employee will then be able to use their holiday entitlement at a different date. You will pay sick pay rather than holiday pay for the days that they take as sick leave.

Clearly there is a risk that employees will claim to have been ill while on holiday so that they can take more holiday later. This may be particularly the case if you offer generous levels of sick pay or employees’ normal salaries are not substantially higher than statutory sick pay.

You can discourage any abuse of this kind by having a sickness absence policy and making it clear that the policy applies for any sick leave. So if an employee falls ill on holiday, they will need to notify you, provide a doctor’s fit note (for illnesses of more than a week) and so on.

Related FAQs

Expert legal advice you can rely on,
get in touch today

Please let us know you are not a robot

Your local legal experts

Why QualitySolicitors?

With QualitySolicitors your first initial assessment is free, so you can call us without worrying about being charged for a call you might not have actually needed to make. And because we place our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we make these five customer service promises to make sure you'll feel properly looked after.

This is why, in the first instance, most people looking for legal help in relation to a 'Home And Property' call QualitySolicitors for a Free Initial Assessment over the phone before requesting our Ask the Legal Expert service; which is an introductory 45-minute face-to-face consultation for £99.