Byline: Michael Lea
EMPLOYEES on long-term sick leave are still entitled to paid holiday, EU judges said yesterday.
Their ruling clears up years of dispute over whether holiday rights are lost during prolonged illness.
Critics said the judgment would impose yet more burdens on hardpressed businesses already struggling in the recession.
It means that staff can take their annual leave built up while at home as soon as they return to work.
In addition, any worker who is sacked or who leaves a firm while off ill must be financially compensated for the holidays not taken.
The European Court of Justice verdict takes effect …