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.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has suggested that workers should be allowed to carry over untaken holiday into the next year if they are genuinely prevented from taking annual leave for "reasons beyond their control" other than sickness absence.
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.
David Malamatenios is partner, Linda Quinn, Colin Makin and Krishna Santra are senior associates, and Dominic Speedie is an associate at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off work.