Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
How long have you worked for this company for please?
I started working for them Jan 1991, I left for two years in 1993, I rejoined in 1995 I then left in 1999 to train as a psychiatric nurse, but rejoined late 2001 and had to leave on 20th December 2013
OK, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX this with me - I will look into this for you, get my response ready and get back to you on here. No need to wait around and you will get an email when I have responded, thank you
Many thanks for your patience. As far as the law stands, there is no legal right to take a sabbatical or a career break. This means that if you wanted to take one, it would be at the employer’s discretion. This means they could decide not to grant you one at all or grant you one with certain conditions attached. For example, some employers would want you to hand in your notice and terminate your employment, then go off and they promise they would consider you for a job when you return. Others may simply agree with you that this would be treated as unpaid time off work and retain your employment in the meantime, allowing you to return either to your old position or any other vacancy that may be available.
So to answer your specific queries: