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Do employees have the right to take time off work?
Under what circumstances are employees allowed time off work?
Yes, an employer must permit a worker to take a reasonable
amount of paid time off during working hours to act as a companion to another
of its workers. While this should obviously cover time off for the hearing
itself, the Acas guide on discipline and grievances at work (PDF format, 897K) (on the Acas website) advises that it is good practice to permit time off for the companion to
familiarise him- or herself with the case and confer with the worker whom he or
she is accompanying both before and after the hearing.
The right to a reasonable amount of paid time off extends to
lay trade union officials, so long as the worker being accompanied is employed
by the same employer. Where a lay official agrees to act as a companion for
another employer's worker, time off is a matter for agreement between the
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