With London 2012 successfully underway Craig Holt, Chief Executive of QualitySolicitors, explains your rights to getting those last minute holiday requests approved so you can follow Team GB.

"With the Olympic Games on home turf and support for Team GB uniting the nation, many of us want to spend as much time cheering them on as possible. Sadly however, there is still work to be done and employers faced with an influx of last minute annual leave requests to watch the Games can legally just say no. If an employee chooses to take the time off anyway, they could face disciplinary action which could result in dismissal. The same goes for employees who don't ask for the leave and then fail turn up for work.

"Instead, we suggest that anyone wanting that last minute day off talks to their employer and tries to reach a suitable compromise. It's not too late to ask if you can adjust your working hours so that you don't miss your favourite event or even suggest swapping shifts with colleagues. Watching Team GB battle it out for Gold may be exciting but it will be short lived if the long term cost is your job"

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Notes to Editors:

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About QualitySolicitors:

  • Launched in 2010, QualitySolicitors is a group of law firms across the country working as part of the QualitySolicitors brand. Only one firm per local area is selected to become a QualitySolicitors partner. Customer feedback forms an integral part of the selection process.
  • QualitySolicitors’ national network of lawyers consists of over 400 branches across England and Wales, including 150 Legal Access Points in WHSmith stores. QualitySolicitors is on course for its target of expanding to 1,000 locations by the end of 2012.
  • QualitySolicitors lawyers are experts in their fields dealing with both consumer and SME legal matters. QualitySolicitors offers a personal, local service but with the assurance of a recognised national brand.
  • QualitySolicitors’ CEO is Craig Holt and Saleem Arif is the COO.
  • QualitySolicitors’ website address is www.qualitysolicitors.com
  • In 2011 QualitySolicitors secured equity investment from Palamon Capital Partners, a private equity house with a £700m fund.
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