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United Kingdom: Time off for job search

United Kingdom
Phase: Management
Time off for job search
Son değişiklik: 23 September, 2017
Yerel adı:

Employment Rights Act 1996

İngilizce adı:

Employment Rights Act 1996


Part VI, sections 52-54


Employees who have been given notice of dismissal due to redundancy (loss of job for economic reasons of the company) are entitled to take paid time off during working hours before the end of notice to look for new employment or make arrangements for training for future employment.

Employees must have been (or would have been) continuously employed for two years or more, regardless of contract. There is no specified duration of the maximum time that an employee can have to look for work or access training, only that such time must be 'reasonable'. If the employee takes time off for job search, the employer is only required to pay the employee up to 40% of the employee’s weekly pay to allow the worker to look for work and/or training.

If an employer has unreasonably refused a request to take time off to look for new employment or make arrangements for training or if the employee refuses to pay the employee for taking such time off, the employee can lodge a complaint with the employment tribunal. The complaint must be lodged within three months of the date in which it is alleged that the time off should have been allowed or within a further period the tribunal deems reasonable. If the complaint is well-founded, the tribunal can order the employer to pay the amount owed but it must not exceed 40% of the employee’s weekly pay for the notice period. 


No information available as this regulation has not been subject to systematic evaluation.

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  • Employer
Involved actors other than national government
National goverment only
No, applicable in all circumstances
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