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In Britain, does your employer have to give you time off work to attend an interview?
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In Britain, does your employer have to give you time off work to attend an interview?

Hubby has an interview coming up. He put in request for holiday ages ago. Every time he puts in request for holiday they say, no, it's not convenient. He has 8 days still to take by end of march as they won't ever approve anything. Anyway, he has to have these days as he has an interview which will involve an overnight stay.
Can they dismiss him if he takes this time off anyway, and if he's not entitled how does he ever get another job - he works 6 days a week (has signed the 48 hour thing)


Hubby don't like his work environment...he can get another job..could just call in sick.

Basically theyhave to give hi time off for a holiday anyway, he should be entitled to at least 20 days a year but it does depend on his contract. As for an interview, if your husband has told his boss he is going for a job interview they do not have to give him time off as it is not in their best interests. If he keeps putting in for holidays and not getting them, he should complain. I don't know what you mean by he has signed a 48 hour thing. It all depends on his contract. If he takes time off for no good reason yes they can dismiss him, they do not have to give him time off to find another job

I should be doing something else
No, they don't have to give time off work for interviews but they are being extremely unreasonable and I can understand why he wants to leave!
If I was him, just to be on the safe side, would not book the time off as a holiday, but rather just take the days off as sick days.
I know it's slightly dishonest, but if they are messing about with holidays it's really thge only way.

I think your husband should book the holiday/annual leave off work & say he has to have the time off as he has an appointment...he doesn't have to say what the appointment is for. But if he says an appointment maybe they'll be more likely to let him have time off. Anyway, he should be allowed to take his leave whatever.

Why don't you let one of the kids cook a "special" meal.... then when he goes off sick he can go to the interview. If anyone rings for him at home he's in the toilet, if anyone comes round he's at the doctor. If they do either, stuff the job anyway as they don't deserve to have him work for them.

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