Employers canâ€™t force employees to take annual leave when theyâ€™re eligible for sick leave.
Any statutory holiday entitlement that isnâ€™t used because of illness can be carried over into the next leave year. If an employee is ill just before or during their holiday, they can take it as sick leave instead.
An employee can ask to take their paid holiday for the time theyâ€™re off work sick. They might do this if they donâ€™t qualify for sick pay, for example. Any rules relating to sick leave will still apply.
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