In Corner v Buckinghamshire County Council, a time off for public duties case, the EAT holds the Industrial Tribunal can do no more than declare that the employer had failed to allow the employee to take reasonable time off and, if appropriate, make an award of compensation.
In Ratcliffe v Dorset County Council the Industrial Tribunal points out that the right to time off for public duties refers to time off during working hours. If an employee is required to make up, in what would otherwise have been his own time, the work that he missed when he was granted time off, that is not in compliance with his statutory rights.
In RJ Emmerson v Commissioners of Inland Revenue  IRLR 458 IT, the Industrial Tribunal held that the employer had acted unreasonably in imposing an annual upper limit of 18 days on the time off allowed to an employee who was a local authority councillor. A more appropriate period, said the tribunal, would have been 30 days.
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