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Do employees have the right to take time off work?
Under what circumstances are employees allowed time off work?
Does a fellow worker have the right to time off to act as a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing?
Under s.52 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee
who is under notice of dismissal by redundancy has the right to take reasonable
paid time off during working hours to look for new employment or make
arrangements for training for future employment. To exercise this right the
employee must have two years' continuous service by the expiry of the notice
period. What is "reasonable" will depend on the individual circumstances of the
case and relevant factors may include how difficult finding new employment is
likely to be, the distance that the employee may have to travel in order to do
so, and the needs of the employer.
An employee may bring a complaint to a tribunal that time off
has been refused unreasonably. If the complaint is upheld the employee will be
entitled to a payment equal to the amount that he or she would have received
had the time off been permitted, subject to a limit of 40% of one week's pay.
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