Yes. The right to paid annual leave continues to build up (‘accrue’) even during periods of absence from work, such as; during illness, maternity, paternity or adoption leave. On termination of employment, workers should be paid in lieu of any holiday not taken.
However, an employee on sick leave may not take holiday during that sick leave while in receipt of statutory sick pay, in other words, they may not receive sick pay and holiday pay at the same time.
Building up holiday when off sick
Workplaces can have different rules on how they pay for holiday and sick leave, so it’s essential for employers to check the employment contract or any written rules in place.
What about during long-term sick leave and holiday?
If someone has not been able to use their holiday because they’ve been on long-term sick leave, they can carry it over.
Employees on long-term sick leave can only carry over up to 4 weeks’ unused holiday, unless the employer allows more to be carried over. This holiday must be used within 18 months from the date it’s carried over.
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