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Hello, I was wondering if you have had a chance to consider my query above please? I will need your response before I provide an accurate answer to your situation. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Without the requested information, I can only provide you with the following general response, which will hopefully still answer your query. As Sabbath is a religious holiday, you can always argue that the employer is expected under the Equality Act 2010 to make necessary adjustments to prevent you from being placed at a disadvantage due to your religion. So if Christians are allowed to get Christmas and Easter off, usually because the workplace is closed anyway, then you should be allowed to take that time off for Sabbath, even if it means using up your holidays in the process.
However, you may find that you are not allowed to take time off every week for it, assuming you want to do that. They are only expected to make reasonable adjustments, so if it becomes unreasonable, such as not enough staff to cover every time you are off, they could refuse.
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