HOLIDAYS and pregnancy leave are a serious business, both for the employees who take them and the employers who pay for them. Unfortunately for personnel departments who might want a little more flexibility over whether they should shell out or not, recent cases at the European Court of Justice have underlined the right of EU citizens to take paid leave, rather than erode them.

In the UK, the most high profile case of the year on this subject centred on the media union BECTU. The ECJ ruled that by insisting that the right to paid ...

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