Current information about leave, entitlement, scope, records, illness while on leave, unpaid leave, etc.

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Leave is the time-limited release from an employee's duties for the purpose of the employee's recreation. This is paid, i.e. the employee is entitled to the continued payment of remuneration during this time (holiday pay).

The leave entitlement varies depending on numerous factors, including how long the employee has been working for the company. In the event of illness or injury while on leave, the sick days that fall on working days will, under certain circumstances, not be offset against the leave entitlement taken. Employees have the opportunity to agree to unpaid leave.

The time at which the leave begins is to be agreed between employer and employee, taking into consideration the needs of the company and the recreation opportunity of the employee.

For construction workers, there are special regulations.

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Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 24 February 2023

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