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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?
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?
Employers can ask employees to make their antenatal appointments outside working
hours but should bear in mind that most women will have very little control
over the day or time of appointments. Antenatal clinics and consultants'
appointments are generally on set days and times each week, and often run late.
Part-time employees are entitled to paid time off for antenatal care in the
same way as full-time employees. They are entitled to take the time off during
working hours if it is not possible or reasonable to arrange the appointment
outside their working hours. Therefore an employer cannot insist that a
part-time employee arrange all her appointments for times when she is not working.
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