Sample letter to request a sabbatical leave

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letter template Sample letter to request a sabbatical leave What you need to know about sabbatical leaveA temporary suspension of the employment contract, a sabbatical leave allows employees who have fulfilled certain seniority conditions or activities required by the company to suspend their employment contract to carry out a personal project. The duration of the leave is determined by the company's collective agreement. In the absence of a convention or agreement, the minimum duration of the leave is six months and the maximum duration is eleven months. The request for sabbatical leave must be made in writing. The employer's response is not always favorable. The employer may postpone the date or refuse the leave in certain situations. What are the effects of sabbatical leave on the employment contract? During the sabbatical leave, the employee can work for another company. They may also start their own business. However, the employee must avoid competing unfairly with the company of his or her main employer. They must also respect the specific clauses mentioned in their employment contract, particularly the non-competition clause. To apply for a sabbatical leave, you must send a letter of application to your employer. The employer then informs the applicant of the starting date of the leave offered or its postponement by means of an e-mail with acknowledgement of receipt, a fax or a letter delivered by hand. In the latter case, a receipt is provided as proof of receipt. As far as the deferred departure is concerned, it is deferred for a maximum of six months from the presentation of the request. There are several reasons why the employer may take this decision in a different way, in particular if there are not enough employees in the company or if the leave is systematically organized.
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Last name, first nameAddressCP - City
RecipientAddressCP - CityA [location], 01 12 2023
Subject: Request for sabbatical leave

I would like to inform you that, in accordance with Articles L. 3142-91 and the legal provisions of the French Labor Code, I would like to take a sabbatical leave of (specify a date at least 3 months after the date of your letter) to give a new direction to my professional life.

Since the legal notice period is three months, I prefer to give you advance notice so that you can arrange for a possible replacement during my absence.

I prefer to start the unpaid leave on (date of start of leave). During this period of sabbatical leave, I will not engage in any activity that is unfairly competitive with your company. I hereby request that you respect my obligation of discretion and confidentiality during my leave. {I would like to thank you for your attention to my request and remain at your disposal for further information.
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