Updated to include the new upper age limit for serving on a jury, effective from 1 December 2016.
Additional information on the law on time off work for NHS employers, including time off work for trade union representatives and staff in the reserve forces. To be read in conjunction with the general information on the law on time off work.
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.
A model letter to respond to a request from an adopter for paid time off to attend an adoption appointment under s.57ZJ of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
A model letter to respond to a request from an adopter for unpaid time off to attend an adoption appointment under s.57ZL of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
A model form to get a declaration from a joint adopter attending adoption appointments as to whether he or she is electing to take paid time off under s.57ZJ of the Employment Rights Act 1996 or unpaid time off under s.57ZL of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The right to time off to attend adoption appointments is available to adopters from 5 April 2015.
A model letter to respond to an employee's request for time off for foster carer duties.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off work.