Please provide guidance for employers regarding career breaks

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 May 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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A career break is a term used to define a long period of unpaid leave during which the employment contract remains intact. However, sometimes employers will request that employees going on a career break resign and then re-apply for their job, if available, when they are ready to return to work.

There is no statutory right to a career break, and it is at an employer’s discretion whether to offer a career break and on what terms.

It is crucially important to document, in writing, the terms and conditions of the career break either in the contract of employment or (more commonly) as a separate policy. It will usually be in the interests of most employers for the career break policy to be

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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