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Academic Leave

Viimati uuendatud: 19.02.2017

Academic leave is regulated both in the Employment Contracts Act and in the Adult Education Act.

The aim of the academic leave is to give free time to the employee for studying. The employee is entitled to up to 30 calendar days of academic leave per year for attending trainings.

For degree and job-related trainings, the employer must pay the medium daily remuneration to the employee for 20 calendar days. The employee is free to use the unpaid leave to cover the remaining 10 calendar days. To finish degree studies, the employee is given an additional 15 calendar days of academic leave, compensated with the minimum salary.

The employee is entitled to take unpaid vacation for entrance exams, but this is possible only once, on the year of admission.

Law does not oblige the employee to use the entire academic leave at once. The Adult Education Act leaves the use of the academic leave for the employee to decide. Thus, the employee can use the academic leave in workdays, if the need arises – for example, from Monday through Wednesday.

On What Grounds Can the Employer Refuse from Granting the Academic Leave?

If the employee does not properly notify at least 14 calendar days in advance, nor bring the educational institution’s notice to the employer.

If the employee is on academic leave, except in case when they can and do participate in studies during the academic leave;

If the academic leave day or consecutive days fall only on the employee’s days off work. (For example, an employee working from Monday to Friday is not allowed to take academic leave only on Saturday and Sunday);

In addition, the employer is entitled to interrupt or postpone the academic leave on conditions stipulated in §69 section 5 of the Employment Contracts Act (emergency).


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