Time off work

Fiona CumingEditor's message: In addition to holiday requests, employers may receive employee requests for time off work for a number of other reasons.

Employees have a statutory right to take time off for various purposes such as for public and trade union duties and parental and dependant responsibilities. While the majority of these rights are applicable only to employees, some are available to all workers. The time off may be paid or unpaid depending on the extent of the statutory entitlement.

Recent changes in the law have expanded the statutory rights to time off in the family-friendly field. Now, the partner of a pregnant woman has the right to unpaid time off to accompany her to an antenatal appointment and adoptive parents may have paid or unpaid time off to attend adoption appointments.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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