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UK bosses are being urged to tighten sickness procedures for their staff after an EU ruling gave workers the green light to carry forward holidays while on long-term sick.

Workers on the sick for over a year can now carry forward all untaken leave into the next holiday year period.

The European Court of Justice ruling means that a worker returning from a year-long sickness period could take all of their outstanding last 12 months holidays on top of their entitlement for the coming year.

In another whammy for employers already hard-pressed by the recession, if the worker hasn't had the chance to take accrued holiday by the time their employment ends, they are entitled to payment in lieu of their unused holiday.

Neil Atkinson of Gateshead and London-based human resource consultants Deminos said: "For some companies...

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