When do employees qualify for time off work to carry out public duties?
Under the Employment Rights Act 1996, employees have the right to reasonable time off during working hours to carry out public duties. These could be public duties related to being, for example, a Justice of the Peace, a school governor or a member of a local council. But how much time off does an employer need to give and can it impose conditions, such as notice requirements, on time off requests?
For guidance on the right to time off work for public duties, see the current series of XpertHR’s Topic of the Week (subscription required). In the first article in the series, Stephanie Delamare and Katherine Shaw of Lewis Silkin provide an overview of the right. We will be including a checklist for employers for dealing with time off for public duty requests, some frequently asked questions and a case study on this subject.