This annual leave loophole will make sure your holiday isn’t wasted if you get sick

There really is nothing worse than getting sick on holiday. You’ve booked your precious annual leave, spent money on flights and accommodation and been counting down the days till your escape, only to be hit with a horrible flu, stomach bug or similar as soon as you step off the plane. So, what do you do?

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Well, you may not be aware of it (as it isn’t exactly advertised nor encouraged) but you actually have every right to transform your annual leave days into sick leave, even if you’ve already jetted off.

That’s right, according to Tracey Moss, an employment expert at Citizens Advice, employees are allowed to and should change their days off to sick leave if they find themselves being unwell during their annual leave to ensure that their precious days off are not wasted due to something that is out of their control.

‘If you fall ill while on holiday you can treat it as time off sick rather than annual leave,’ Tracey told Yahoo!. ‘If you decide you want to treat this time off as sickness, you will not receive your holiday pay in your next wage, but your normal rate of sick pay.’

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However, it is of course important that you follow the correct procedure when doing this, meaning you should take the same actions you would when you have a sick day without being on annual leave.

Tracey explains this, saying: ‘If you’re unwell while on annual leave, let your employer know, and follow any procedures you normally have to when you need a sick day, such as phoning your manager.’

While the rules vary depending on where you work, the general law is that you can self-declare being ill for up to seven days. However, should your sick days surpass this period, you will need to present your employer with a sick note from your doctor.