UPDATE 2: As expected, after approximately a month he did not grant it to me -saying he'd fear others doing the same. In my opinion that hints at a whole lot of other problems, but oh well.
UPDATE 1: Today I confronted him once more -by simply staying after a meeting he arranged on a project I am working in. He said he needs advice by one more party (unfortunately I didn't ask whom he meant.) and he said he'd be able to provide me with an answer next week...
In Austria we have the glorious "Bildungskarenz" en/de ("educational leave"), which allows an employee to stop working for up to a year, while staying employed at his current employer (Requiring 6 months of continuous work in the same company, with a cooldown period of 4 years). In that period the employee receives full unemployment benefit by the government as long as he proves he is getting educated (by earning ECTS).
The employer doesn't have to pay a cent, I have confirmed this!
The only drawback for the employer is that he is not allowed to fire you after (maybe even during) that period.
He can fire me at any time unless I go to court and prove he did fire me because of the Bildungskarenz.
Both employee and employer need to sign an application for this, which essentially amounts to no more than a single signature for the employer.
I let my boss know I plan to leave the company and I'd stay up to the 30. September, which he agreed upon (I have so many vacation days, I will leave in mid August). Since we are on friendly terms I asked him to sign my Bildungskarenz, verbally promising I would leave the company afterwards by myself unless we both came to a different agreement in a year (He told me he'd like me to stay). I assured him it would be perfectly fine if he didn't give it to me, but he should tell me in a timely manner, so I could apply for a job instead of going back to university.
At first, he told me he'd let his secretary check the legal implications. After two weeks and my regular nagging, she finally told me she finished her research and I should ask my boss. I already asked him for an answer since last week, yet he tells me he'd decide later.
Now I believe he plans not to give me Bildungskarenz and is afraid to tell me so, fearing I'd slack off my last ~14 work days if I knew.
What should I do to quicken up this ridiculous game?
Call him and demand an answer now? (It's hard to catch him in person)
Demand an answer in an email?
Ask the second in command to ask the boss in my place?
We do not have an HR department.