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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Why won't your employer let you take any annual leave and also, how long exactly have you worked there for?
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Many thanks for your patience. The employer has the legal right to reject your holiday request, even if you have already booked your tickets. That is why you should always get the holiday approved first before you make travel arrangements. So it is entirely legal for them to reject your request and approve holidays.
You can still sign yourself off sick and be off work that way, but obviously if you are not genuinely sick then that would amount to misconduct and if the employer finds out they could potentially discipline you and even dismiss you for it. It is just going to be suspicious if you have suddenly gone off sick over the period which you had previously requested as holidays and it was denied.
If you decide to take the risk then no one will stop you from travelling – the immigration authorities at the airport have no interest whatsoever about your employment situation and whether you re signed off sick or not and o one will check that so do not worry that you will not be allowed to travel.
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