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Staff where my husband works have been issued with a new contract which increases their annual leave from 30 to 35 days. The catch is that in future all sick days must either be taken as statutory sick pay or as annual leave. What do you think?

Your husband doesn’t have to accept the change unless he is bound by a collective agreement. If he objects he should do so in writing. It would be advisable to make a collective decision. By no means everyone is entitled to payment at their normal rate when they’re off sick (although everyone is entitled to SSP). Whether it’s worth trading his sick pay arrangement for an extra five days’ holiday will depend on how generous it is, and how much sick leave he’s likely to take.

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