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[Solved] Job interview while on paternity leave

 
Xarker
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I've searched everywhere on the net for answers to this and for the life of me I can't find an answer for it at all.

I'm unhappy in my current job and I'm looking to move in to a new work place, same industry, more pay etc but not the place I'm at now as the pay is lower than the industry standard and I work long hours for little return. There's not much scope for me to move up either as there's at least 2 people in front of me which are there for the long run.

Trying to book time off work to get an interview booked is mad as we have to give 2 weeks notice to take even a day off work and I hate having to lie to my employers and the people I work with (who I do get on with) about why I'm off and pulling a sickie.

So because of the arrival of my new baby and the fact I need to move on anyways to a new job for financial reasons too, what are the legal, if any, ramifications of going on a job interview whilst I'm on my paternity leave? My wife supports me in this decision as in the long run it's going to benefit us both, meaning we can save a deposit for a house. We currently live in a 1 bed good sized flat in a nice area, but with the extra eventual space needed for my little girl we're going to need somewhere bigger in the near future.

Any advice or help or if you could point me the right direction would be much appreciated.

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Topic starter Posted : 21/10/2013 5:29 pm
DaveR
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Hi Xarker,

I am not completely sure of any legal ramifications but would have thought that you can do whatever you wish on your leave regardless if it is pateranity leave.

I myself would arrange said interview during your leave.

Might be best to get other POV but Id go for the interview.

Regards,

Dave

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Posted : 21/10/2013 7:06 pm
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Xarker
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Thanks DaveR

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Topic starter Posted : 21/10/2013 7:25 pm
Xarker
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Thank you for the extremely good answer!

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Topic starter Posted : 22/10/2013 12:04 am
actd
 actd
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I agree - when you are off on leave, you can do what you want - the law doesn't say you have to be with your child every second (or at all for that matter).

I agree with the disdain for pulling a sickie, but I did that when I applied for my job (in fact, I nearly got a phone call at home when I did as I found out that the FD laughingly said at the time that I couldn't be sick as I'd never been off ill) - if it's the only way you can get time, then you have to do it, however much you hate to do so.

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Posted : 24/10/2013 2:56 am
Xarker
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Cheers for the advice! 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : 29/10/2013 1:58 am
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