Is an employer obliged to give an employee paid time off to be a witness at an ex-employee's tribunal hearing?
An employer should allow an employee time off work to attend a tribunal hearing as a witness. The employer does not have to pay the employee for the time off but it may be in the interests of good employment relations to do so, particularly where the employee is a witness for the employer. The employee may be attending voluntarily, or the tribunal may have issued a witness order, in which case the employee is legally obliged to attend.
State-funded expenses are not available, but the tribunal can make an order that one of the parties to the claim pays some or all of a witness's expenses.