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Employment rights - time off for job interviews

Hello,

I am currently working for a multinational company in Switzerland. I have some job interviews coming up in the UK for which I will need to take one day off work.

What are the regulations concerning this time off? Do I need to book this as holiday or am I entitled to leave for this time?

Thank you very much.
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Old 11.04.2007, 11:07
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Hello,

I am currently working for a multinational company in Switzerland. I have some job interviews coming up in the UK for which I will need to take one day off work.

What are the regulations concerning this time off? Do I need to book this as holiday or am I entitled to leave for this time?

Thank you very much.
You want time off to get a job with another company? Probably a competitor. Why not ask your boss?


What do you honestly think?
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Hello,

I am currently working for a multinational company in Switzerland. I have some job interviews coming up in the UK for which I will need to take one day off work.

What are the regulations concerning this time off? Do I need to book this as holiday or am I entitled to leave for this time?

Thank you very much.
This depends on your employment situation. If you are currently working on a valid and ongoing contractual basis then it is holidays. If your employer has terminated your employment and you are currently working your notice then they must provide you this time without you needing to take holidays.
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Re: Employment rights - time off for job interviews

Is this a joke ?

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Hello,

I am currently working for a multinational company in Switzerland. I have some job interviews coming up in the UK for which I will need to take one day off work.

What are the regulations concerning this time off? Do I need to book this as holiday or am I entitled to leave for this time?

Thank you very much.
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Re: Employment rights - time off for job interviews

Perhaps I need to explain my situation in better context. I relocated to Switzerland for a one year contract only. It has since been made clear to me that there is no opportunity for me to extend this contract and that I should be actively lookuing for other employment.
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Perhaps I need to explain my situation in better context. I relocated to Switzerland for a one year contract only. It has since been made clear to me that there is no opportunity for me to extend this contract and that I should be actively lookuing for other employment.
This situation is the naughty one in that you have no right to have "free" time off for job seeking although you do have a right to have time off ie your employer cannot stop you from booking holidays when YOU want to go for an interview. The fact that you have a fixed term contract is the problem. So this is at the employers discretion ie you need to ask. Chances are they will allow you reasonable free time but a week in England would not qualify for that!
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Is this a joke ?
It's very company and culture specific. If there can be time-off for "preparing for my vacation", there can also be time off for interviews. In one bank in Netherlands, my colleague basically avoided taking up any new tasks, a week before his 3 week vacation. On the day before, he took off as early as 3 p.m. to "prepare for his trip". A week after he came back, he kept telling people, "I'm just back, so need some time to pick up things". He basically managed to convert his 3 week paid vacation to paid, 5 week time-off!

IMHO - when ultra-spoilt people grow up, they act like this. And the world often rewards them surprisingly well.
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It's very company and culture specific. If there can be time-off for "preparing for my vacation", there can also be time off for interviews. In one bank in Netherlands, my colleague basically avoided taking up any new tasks, a week before his 3 week vacation. On the day before, he took off as early as 3 p.m. to "prepare for his trip". A week after he came back, he kept telling people, "I'm just back, so need some time to pick up things". He basically managed to convert his 3 week paid vacation to paid, 5 week time-off!

IMHO - when ultra-spoilt people grow up, they act like this. And the world often rewards them surprisingly well.
So you advocate this??

OP: I was told that if your contract is terminated or not extended you can take half a day per week for job search. You could just check with HR
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Who am I to judge!! Lord will reward/punish people as per his/her own system of advocacy. I just called such people ultra-spoilt. So, personally, I'm not gonna hire them if I ever have my own company. And, I probably won't open it in Netherlands anyway. But in the end, if the law offers some benefits, there's nothing wrong in availing them - as long as - you're willing to offer same benefits to your housemaid. Imagine, paying someone 40 CHF per hour to look for some other job.
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Re: Employment rights - time off for job interviews

Makas weirdly resurrected an 8 year old thread to make an off-topic point anyway.
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Makas weirdly resurrected an 8 year old thread to make an off-topic point anyway.
The point raised is interesting though. Any well organised team member will make damn sure they don't take on any new tasks due while they are away or would impact any tasks due before they leave.

Additionally, the week they come back they are likely to face a mountain of electronic paperwork to catch up on any tasks they missed while away - in particular the tasks that were going to be assigned to them, but they managed to get re-asssigned to other team members, who were too busy to pick them up in the first week, glanced over them in the second week and when were chased in the third (by which point it was overdue) simply replied with "they are back next week".

In some roles taking a week out is bad enough and you end chasing your tail for 2 weeks after just getting back on top of everything that happened - by which point you wonder why you went on holiday and that you could really do with another one.

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