As the eurozone collapses, a European court has just ruled that workers who happen to fall ill while on vacation are legally entitled to get a do-over on their trip.
The decision came about after department store workers in Spain brought a case to Spanish court, where they won, arguing that collective bargaining agreements distinguish a clear line between annual leave and sick leave.
The National Association of Large Distribution Businesses then appealed to the Supreme Court in Madrid, which then handed the matter over to Europe's highest court, says NYT via The Consumerist.
"The purpose of entitlement to paid annual leave is to enable the worker to rest and enjoy a period of relaxation and leisure," the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled. "The purpose of entitlement to sick leave is different, since it enables a worker to recover from an illness that has caused him to be unfit for work."
All 27 countries in the European Union will be held to the court's decision.
And, yet, they wonder why there are so few employers hiring in the EU?
(HT Dale Fitzgerald)