Updated to take into account the publication of Regulations that define important public services for industrial action ballots and the draft revised Code of practice on industrial action ballots and notice to employers.
In Edwards and another v Encirc Ltd  IRLR 528 EAT, the EAT held that the time employee representatives spent attending trade union and health and safety meetings constituted "working time" under the Working Time Regulations 1998.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that the employment tribunal adopted an unduly restrictive approach when deciding that the time spent by two trade union representatives attending union meetings during the day was not "working time". The EAT said that the correct approach is to take into account the aims of the EU Directive relating to working time.
The law on time off work, including the prescribed reasons for which employers must permit employees to take a reasonable amount of time off work such as time off for dependants, for pregnant employees to attend ante-natal appointments, for adoption appointments, for public duties, for trade union officials to carry out certain duties and for workers to accompany a colleague to a disciplinary or grievance meeting.
Two trade union representatives working night shifts claimed that the time they spent attending union meetings during the day was "working time" and so they were entitled to an 11-hour rest period from the end of the meetings until the start of their next night shift. The employment tribunal rejected this claim.
A table summarising the compensation payable for breaches of time off rights.
A model request for statutory time off form.
A table setting out the statutory rights to time off work.
A model agreement on facilities for trade unions and time off for trade union duties and activities.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off for trade union activities and duties and trade union learning reps.