Employees are entitled to a range of paid and unpaid time off during working hours i.e. any time when, in accordance with the Contract of Employment, an employee is required to be at work.

The right to time off with some form of payment is applicable in the following situations:

  • For a companion to accompany a worker to a disciplinary or grievance hearing
  • For a member of an employee’s works council or similar body to perform their duties
  • For a negotiating representative to perform their duties
  • For an information and consultation representative to perform their duties
  • For a pregnant employee to attend ante-natal care
  • For an employee representative or candidate in an election in a redundancy situation to perform their duties
  • For safety representatives and representatives of employee safety bodies to perform their duties
  • For trade union representatives to perform certain trade union duties
  • For trustees of occupational pension schemes to perform duties
  • For a union learning representative (ULR) to train and perform duties
  • For employees under notice of redundancy to look for new employment or training
  • For a young person to attend study or training

The right to time off without any payment is applicable to the following situations:

  • Employees between 18 and 70 years of age who attend Jury Service
  • For public officials to perform certain public duties
  • For trade union members to take part in certain trade union activities
  • For employees to care for their dependants within the family

The extent of time off granted depends on the individual situation and is based in general on the requirement for the employer to act reasonably in considering requests of all types of time off.

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