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Study Leave

Viimati uuendatud: 22.01.2020


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

The aim of the study leave is to give free time to the employee for studying. The employee is entitled to up to 30 calendar days of study 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 study 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 study leave at once. The Adult Education Act leaves the use of the study leave for the employee to decide. Thus, the employee can use the study leave in workdays, if the need arises – for example, from Monday through Wednesday.

On what grounds can the employer refuse from granting the study 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 study leave, except in case when they can and do participate in studies during the study leave;

If the study 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 studyc leave only on Saturday and Sunday);

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

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