Businesses concerned over EU 'sickness while on holiday'
Employment Law & HR update 06/03/2012
British business leaders have expressed concern over new
European legislation that will allow workers to take more time off
if they fall sick during their annual leave.
The new EU law is to come into effect in October and will mean
employers will be obliged to give employees further time off to
compensate for the time they were sick, providing that they produce
a medical note.
The law has been brought in to ensure that EU employees are
guaranteed at least four weeks of holiday every year, but the Daily
Telegraph newspaper has claimed that it could come at a cost of
around £100 million to British industry.
Guy Bailey, the head of employment and employee relations at the
CBI, one of Britain’s biggest business organisations, said that the
British government needed to seriously consider the potential harm
the law could cause to the national economy.
“While active discussions are ongoing in Brussels on the future
of the working time directive, it may make sense for the UK
government to pause before implementing the latest European court
of justice rulings,” he said. “Introducing a set of changes in
October that immediately have to be reviewed and replaced would not
be a good outcome.”
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Innovation and
Skills said, however, that they continued to support the
legislation and would be bringing it in as planned later this
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