Workers can accrue holiday when on sick leave, says House of Lords

<!--StartFragment--> EMPLOYEES on long-term sick leave are entitled to take all holiday they have accrued when they return to work, the House of Lords ruled yesterday.<br /><br />If workers were sacked or left a firm, they must receive holiday pay equivalent to the time they were unable to take while ill, the Law Lords added, in a decision which confirmed an earlier European Court of Human Rights ruling.<br /><br />The verdict clears up years of dispute over whether holiday rights accrued are lost after prolonged illness. Critics said the ruling could deal a blow to many employers.<br /><br />The ruling means that somebody who was away from work for two years could then be entitled to at least 40 days of leave, plus public holidays, observers said. <!--EndFragment-->