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Europeans Who Get Sick on Vacation Can Legally Retake Those Days Off

Europeans Who Get Sick on Vacation Can Legally Retake Those Days Off

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The European Union is on the brink of collapse, and a ruling by Europe’s highest court may accelerate this process. 

The Court of Justice of the European Union, according to the New York Times, “ruled that workers who happened to get sick on vacation were legally entitled to take another vacation.”

No joke.

Europeans enjoy the four to six weeks of vacation they are guaranteed annually. After this ruling, which applies to all 27 countries in the European Union, workers who get sick on their vacations can add those days to their legally entitled vacation days. 

It does not take a rocket scientist to see how this ruling can be exploited by people to increase the number of vacations days they get ( worst-case scenario – for employers – workers could probably exploit this rule to double their vacation time).

Article 24 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.”

The late Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Ronald Reagan’s Ambassador to the U.N., once said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was like “a letter to Santa Claus,” and European workers just got many more goodies (vacation days).


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