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Cash-Strapped Small Businesses Struggle to Take Holidays

Sage’s latest survey of 1,000 business owners reveals: Nearly half are struggling to find time to take a break this summer and Nearly a quarter said this will be the second year in a row they will be going without a summer holiday As school holidays begin for most of the UK, many families are contemplating their annual getaway, but research from business software and services company Sage UK suggests small business owners will not be slowing down over the next few months, with nearly half (44%) admitting they will struggle to find the time to go away this summer.  The figures from Sage’s monthly Omnibus of 1,000 UK business owners also reveal that for some 23% this is the second year in a row that they will be missing out on a summer holiday. The tough economic climate ove... »

Holiday Sick Leave Ruling is Open to Abuse

Holiday Sick Leave Ruling is Open to Abuse

A legal ruling allowing staff to claim back holiday time lost to illness will expose employers to exploitation, business groups have warned. The ruling made by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) may mean that workers taken ill on holiday could claim time back from employers as sick leave. The judgement follows a case in which a Spanish council worker launched a legal action after being refused the right to alter holiday plans due to injury. The ECJ ruled that if a “worker does not wish to take annual leave during a period of sick leave, annual leave must be granted to him for a different period”. It was not specified when the worker would have to report his or her sickness to the employer, or at what point an illness could trigger the right to alter holidays. The Confederation... »