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You should do this if you get sick during your holiday!

March 02 2023

You will just see: after a long time of hard work you are finally enjoying your vacation, and then you get sick. It will never come true, of course, but not at all now. You can enjoy your holiday less or not at all. Moreover, you run the risk of losing your vacation days. We explain how to prevent this.

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Report sick immediately

If you become ill while on holiday, report this to your employer immediately. Do this the same way as always; it is often stated in the absenteeism regulations or personnel handbook how this should be done. For example, you often have to report sick before a certain time or to a certain person. If you are unable to contact us yourself, someone else can do it for you.

Have you recovered? Report this immediately to your employer. You may receive a call from the company doctor when you return.

Back home?

If you become ill at your holiday address, you do not have to return home if this is not medically possible or justifiable. It is more important that you get well soon. In any case, visit a doctor as soon as possible. This person must declare that you are ill and, if necessary, declare that you are not yet able to travel. If you can only recover at home, it is better to go home. Discuss this again with the doctor.

Stay accessible

Wherever you recover, make sure you remain accessible. Therefore, if necessary, pass on your holiday or nursing address to your employer. In addition, it is important to ask your doctor for an official doctor's statement. This must state what the diagnosis is, what the doctor advises you and how long your expected duration of illness is. Such a statement can serve as evidence and is useful to prevent ambiguities afterwards.

What happens to my vacation days?

If you immediately report sick to your employer, your employer may not deduct vacation days from the days you are sick. This way you can relax in peace. That is why it is extra important to report sick immediately. But please note: do you agree to take days off during your holiday sickness, or did you already report partially sick before going on holiday? Then your vacation days will continue as planned. To be sure, check what is stated in your employment contract or collective labor agreement, because sometimes different rules apply.

First aid in case of illness on holiday

Have you adhered to the above rules and regulations, but your employer still withholds holidays? Then contact our legal advisors immediately! Our Service Center is available every working day from 8.30 to 17.00 via en +0345 851 963.



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