Local Conservative MEP Malcolm Harbour has condemned a ruling by the European Court of Justice which says workers should be able to claim back leave if they fall sick while on holiday.
Mr Harbour, pictured, said the ruling will create a legal minefield, especially for small businesses.
He said: “This court ruling opens up a legal minefield for British businesses. Local small businesses have to plan their leave extremely carefully to prevent staff shortages. This judgment could leave small businesses vulnerable during peak holiday periods.
“Many local employers take a sympathetic approach towards employees who fall ill when on holiday. Now we are replacing goodwill with legal requirements that many businesses will struggle to meet.”
The court was passing judgment on the case of a Spanish employee who was refused the right to alter his holiday plans because he suffered injury before he was due to take his leave.
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