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Employees “Pulling A Sickie” Are Costing The UK Economy £900m

Employees “Pulling A Sickie” Are Costing The UK Economy £900m

UK employees who “pull a sickie” are costing the country’s economy £900m every year, according to a report by breatheHR. The survey of 1,002 UK workers and 504 business owners has revealed that 15% of all workers feign illness at least once a year – with 42% of these fakers doing so just because they feel too tired to go to work – while 19% to do to avoid a certain situation, such as a client meeting. Surprisingly, just 46% of those surveyed admit to actually using up all of their holiday allowance, with businesses losing more than 7.5 million working days a year due to impromptu sick leave – which when based on the average UK salary of £27,000, has a combined value of £900m. When it comes to business owners’ attitude to sick employees, 71% admit they would still expect someone to co... »

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... »