Ill while on vacation, what now?
July 15, 2021
You've been looking forward to it for a long time, and finally the time has come. Holidays! Get away from work and completely relax. And then you suddenly get sick. Then what should you do? And have you lost your vacation days? That depends on how quickly you call in sick. Below you can read exactly what you need to know about being sick on holiday.
Report sick immediately
If you become ill while on holiday, report this to your employer immediately. Use the same rules as always for this; these are often stated in the absenteeism regulations or personnel handbook. For example, you must report sick before a specific time or with a specific person. If you are not able to contact us yourself, someone else can do it for you.
Have you recovered? Report this to your employer immediately. It is possible that you will receive a call from the company doctor when you return.
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.
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 report sick immediately to your employer, the employer may not deduct vacation days from the days that you are sick. That 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 have you already called in sick before you went on holiday? Then your vacation days will continue as planned. To be sure, check what your employment contract or collective labor agreement says about this, 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 8.00 to 18.00 via email@example.com and 0345 851 963.