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Time off work

Updating author: Nicky Stibbs


  • Employees (and, in some situations, workers) have the legal right to be permitted a reasonable amount of paid or unpaid time off work to enable them to carry out their official functions or for other designated purposes (see Overview).
  • Employees who are employed by an employer with at least 250 employees and who have a minimum of 26 weeks' continuous service have the legal right to make a request in relation to study or training and have their request considered. (See Requests in relation to study or training)
  • Complaints about an employer's refusal to accommodate a statutory right to a period of paid/unpaid time off work will be heard by the employment tribunals. (See Complaints to an employment tribunal and Dismissal or selection for redundancy)

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