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Time off

In addition to annual leave (holidays) and common types of leave, such as maternity, paternity or carer's leave, there are other commitments for which workers might be entitled to take time off work.

Not all will necessarily be paid for by the employer. They include time off:

  • for antenatal care
  • for dependents
  • to accompany a worker to a disciplinary or grievance hearing
  • for employee representatives
  • for European Works Councils
  • to accompany an employee at a flexible working hearing
  • Jury service
  • Parental leave
  • Adoption leave
  • for occupational pension scheme trustees and directors of trustee companies
  • for public duties
  • for job hunting or to arrange training when facing redundancy
  • for safety representatives
  • for study or training
  • for work for trade union duties and activities
  • for union learning representatives
  • under the Working Time Regulations.

Many of these reasons for time off can be seen as directly related to the business, otherwise for developmental purposes.

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