Leave

Information on annual leave, sick leave, maternity, paternity and parental leave, public holidays and other leave.

European Union :: The Story of 4-weeks leave

Why do employees in the European Union enjoy a statutory minimum of 4 weeks annual leave (plus public holidays)? How did it come about? FedEE’s Secretary-General, Robin Chater, was an Adviser to the European Commission when the issue was being debated …

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European Union :: Maternity, paternity and parental leave

Under Directive 92/85/EEC on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have given birth or are breastfeeding, member states are required to grant pregnant workers at least 14 weeks’ maternity leave, of which two weeks must be mandatory …

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European Union :: Sick leave

A worker on sick leave should not lose the right to be paid for annual leave that they have been unable to take because of their sickness absence (joined cases C-350/06 and C-520/06) …

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European Union :: Annual leave

The EU Working Time Directive (93/104/EC) lays down a general requirement that employees should receive at least four weeks’ vacation leave per year (including public holidays, where they are not a statutory requirement) …

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