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Old 01.12.2014, 14:56
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Re: Time off for job interviews - free time or deducted as unpaid leave?

They are obliged to give you a "reasonable amount" of time off. Unfortunately, that "reasonable time" is not regulated by law in a very strict matter. A rule of thumb is half a day per week (company regulations may grant more).

I doubt they will give you off several days a week and you definitely need proper approval for that.

You always need to inform your employer that you have interviews, i.e. you are not allowed to just not show up. It is none of their business where you interview and you are not required to give any information on that.

Also note that if you claim to have an interview, but have none, and someone finds out, they can fire you with immediate effect even though your contract's been terminated already.

As discussed at length in your other thread, you are still bound to your obligations as agreed and defined by your contract, and that includes the above behavior.
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Old 01.12.2014, 15:23
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Re: Time off for job interviews - free time or deducted as unpaid leave?

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...will require full-day(s) off work (Zurich, Laussanne, London, etc.) so not just an hour or two here and there...
I can see them maybe allowing you time off work to interview within the country, but I am not sure they will go for you making a hop to London. Keep in mind you can do some interviews via Skype these days so you might only need a few hours in a quiet place, at least until you get to later interview stages.

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They are obliged to give you a "reasonable amount" of time off. Unfortunately, that "reasonable time" is not regulated by law in a very strict matter. A rule of thumb is half a day per week (company regulations may grant more)...
Does this time need to be paid as if vacation, or would it potentially be unpaid if OP doesn't have any vacay left?
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Old 01.12.2014, 15:45
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Re: Expected to continue working after being fired / time off for job interviews

When does the vacation time run to.?

If it's January to December wouldn't the OP be entitled to a couple of days paid vacation in January ( 1/12 of the annual entitlement for 2015)?
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Old 01.12.2014, 23:06
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Does this time need to be paid as if vacation, or would it potentially be unpaid if OP doesn't have any vacay left?
If he has no vacation left (or overtime and the like, if applicable at all), he would need to ask for an unpaid leave, unless of course the current employer doesn't mind giving him much more time off as a courtesy. As the employer has terminated the contract rather than the other way around, he might be a bit more generous, though of course you never know…
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If he has no vacation left (or overtime and the like, if applicable at all), he would need to ask for an unpaid leave, unless of course the current employer doesn't mind giving him much more time off as a courtesy. As the employer has terminated the contract rather than the other way around, he might be a bit more generous, though of course you never know…
I have no holiday time left and despite them terminating my contract and not the other way around, they are only giving me the minimum time off to find a job - .5 day per week. So, they might deduct my pay if I need more time to find a job.

However, the HR woman originally told me that she would give me 10 days off to look for another job until my contract runs out. Now, she has come back and said she will only give me 7. Is that right??? Can they do that??

The only upside is that it is the WORST company I have ever worked for and I will be soon free from these scoundrels forever. Total and utter twats.
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Old 05.12.2014, 19:35
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I have no holiday time left and despite them terminating my contract and not the other way around, they are only giving me the minimum time off to find a job - .5 day per week. So, they might deduct my pay if I need more time to find a job.

However, the HR woman originally told me that she would give me 10 days off to look for another job until my contract runs out. Now, she has come back and said she will only give me 7. Is that right??? Can they do that??

The only upside is that it is the WORST company I have ever worked for and I will be soon free from these scoundrels forever. Total and utter twats.
Ask HR to give you that statement in writing, telling them you need to explain to the RAV why you job search in your resignation period is so limited.
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Re: Time off for job interviews - free time or deducted as unpaid leave?

THANK YOU ENGLISH FORUMERS for giving me some insight and perspective. Don't worry, I won't be faking being insane or depressed, but I really appreciate seeing all sides and having a chuckle or two. You're the best!
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THANK YOU ENGLISH FORUMERS for giving me some insight and perspective. Don't worry, I won't be faking being insane or depressed, but I really appreciate seeing all sides and having a chuckle or two. You're the best!
So, tell us, how did it turn out? Since you will finish end of January. Did you decide to play the ill one?
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So, tell us, how did it turn out? Since you will finish end of January. Did you decide to play the ill one?
Unfortunately, not. They gave me a cheap, plastic laptop so I can work from home!

Since I need money until the end, I thought that I better not try and piss them off.
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Unfortunately, not. They gave me a cheap, plastic laptop so I can work from home!

Since I need money until the end, I thought that I better not try and piss them off.
Sensible decision, you can still look yourself in the mirror each morning
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Re: Expected to continue working after being fired / time off for job interviews

Don't forget though: your goal is 10-12 applications per month. Properly documented!
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Re: Expected to continue working after being fired / time off for job interviews

Hey, OP:

Can't home simply be a nice beach sipping margaritas in Thailand? Spotty internet connection and no working phones and all?

That's what I did last time I was "given notice". I simply worked from "home". In Thailand. At the beach. Turned out they never really needed me. But I was available for work. By email. Only I only checked my email once a week, and with the time difference, you know, it was tough for them to properly communicate with me, even when I replied immediately at what amounted to 3:00 a.m. for them....

I was working, I swear. And swimming, and having awesome Thai food too, but that's just one of the perks for working so hard for this company.

On the company's salary, I might add.

I only wish I could get fired like this more often....
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