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Acas launches consultation for revised draft time off code

Monday 15 December 2008

Acas, the employment relations service, is today issuing a revised code of practice on time off for trade union activities and duties for consultation.

The code presently acknowledges that union representatives often need time off to conduct their extra duties and receive additional training.

John Taylor, from Acas commented:

"Employee representation covers a broad spectrum of UK workers, which in some places, is growing. It is important that we recognise this and help put in place the correct guidelines on statutory rights to time off and wider allowances."

"The draft we have issued for consultation today draws on Acas' extensive experience of resolving workplace concerns, helping employers and organisations approach issues like time off in the best possible way for all parties."

Acas will also issue a guide, "Developing effective employee representation: a guide to managing provisions for time off, training and facilities", with the draft code, covering all types of employee representation including those with statutory rights to paid time off, training and facilities and 'voluntary' representatives with no such legal rights. This guide is included as part of the consultation process and help employers' manage their union and non-union representatives.

The draft code can be downloaded from our time off code consultation page, along with further related information. The deadline for comment on the revised draft code and draft guidance is 16 March 2009.

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