In phoning your line manager, I would avoid offering to take your holiday as unpaid leave. Don't give them ideas! I would think out my wording in advance so I had a written record of it, and say something which indicated the following. On my doctor's advice, to aid my recovery whilst on sick leave and as part of my sick leave, I would be taking a quiet family holiday from 'a to b' in ' placename'. I hope this will be acceptable.
It would be up to your line manager to raise any queries, or hold their peace.
I would keep a verbatim record of what your line manager said.
Al the very best
just thought I,d share my experience with you.
I told my manager I had a planned holiday abroad as I didn’t want the worry of not adhering to policy , however my manager came back to me and said get the gp to write on the comments bit of my next sick note that a holiday would be beneficial to me then I wouldn’t need to take any annual leave entitlement (which my gp was very happy to do).
My company policy is if you go on holiday when on sick leave, you have to take annual leave for the duration of the holiday and then when you are back from holiday it reverts to sick leave....but this way I get to keep all my annual leave entitlement for when I return to work, which is a win win situation.
maybe you could sound out someone from work who might be in the know?
Tracy, have you had a chat with your doctor about this holiday, which sounds very important as a therapeutic exercise? If your GP agrees this holiday, including the nature of the break, is important for your recovery (which I would imagine he/she will), and is prepared to provide a note for your employer should questions be asked, I would hope you will be covered.
As has been suggested, it would be as well to avoid all social media over the period in question. It might help to keep a few notes of your own about your health, including your psychological needs, and how your break with your family is helping you. A quiet, relaxing, family holiday where you are being helped to get over some of the trauma of chemo, would be obviously therapeutic. A holiday in which you were running up and down mountains and partying until well into the small hours could well raise eyebrows! (I'm not seriously suggesting you would contemplate the latter.)
I'm a great believer in keeping notes and thinking ahead, without getting paranoid. I'm not a lawyer and am not attempting to give legal advice, but I would hope that a reasonable employer would recognise that your health needs are at the core of this, and a therapeutic holiday designed to allow you rest and recovery should be justifiable. Your GP's support is likely to be significant.
All the very best