Do employees have the right to take time off work?
Under what circumstances are employees allowed time off work?
Employees must be allowed to take a reasonable amount of time off work to enable them to carry out
their functions as a trade union official, employee representative, member of a
European Works Council or special negotiating body, safety representative, or
pension scheme trustee.
Trade union members are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off to carry out trade union activities, while employees who are members
or officials of specified public bodies are entitled to reasonable time off work
to fulfil their functions.
Employees who are trade union learning representatives are
entitled to a reasonable amount of paid time off to analyse learning or training
needs, arrange learning or training, or promote the value of learning or
training to trade union members.
Employees under notice of redundancy must be granted time off to
look for new work or arrange retraining, pregnant employees are entitled to time off to attend antenatal appointments, and young persons must be granted
time off to pursue studies or training leading to a "relevant academic or
Parents (and adoptive parents) have the qualified right to take up
to 13 weeks' unpaid parental leave, while others with dependants have the right
to take unpaid time off to deal with a family emergency. A worker who
agrees to act as a companion at a colleague's disciplinary or grievance hearing, right to request flexible working hearing, or request to work beyond retirement age hearing,
must be granted time off.
Does a fellow worker have the right to time off to act as a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing?
What rights do employees who are under notice of redundancy have to take time off work?
Is a redundant employee who has turned down an offer of suitable alternative employment still entitled to paid time off to look for other employment?
Is a redundant employee still entitled to reasonable paid time off to look for other employment while undertaking a trial period of alternative employment?
Are employees legally entitled to take time off work to attend training courses?
Young persons are entitled to time off work for study if they have not achieved prescribed standards of achievement, but what are these prescribed standards?
Apart from young workers are any other workers legally entitled to time off for training?
Is an employer obliged to pay an employee for time off for fertility treatment?
Will an employee who takes time off for fertility treatment be entitled to statutory or contractual sick pay?
Can an employer insist that a part-time employee arrange all her antenatal appointments for times when she is not working?
Do employees have a right to time off to attend doctor or dentist appointments?
If an employee goes abroad for treatment will he or she still be entitled to receive statutory sick pay?
Is the spouse or partner of a pregnant woman entitled to paid time off work to attend scans and other antenatal appointments?
Do employees have a statutory right to time off work prior to the commencement of adoption leave to attend placement meetings?
Is an employer required to pay employees who cannot make it into work because of severe weather conditions?
Is an employer required to permit its employees to go on jury service?
Where an employer considers that having a particular employee go on jury service would injure its business, can it approach the court directly to request a deferral?
Do employees have a statutory right to be paid while on jury service?
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