Time off


Paid time off

An employer may be required to give paid time off to employees to:

  • Undertake trade union duties or undergo training for such duties if they are officials (e.g. shop steward) of a recognised trade union
  • Undertake the functions of a safety representative or undergo union approved training for such functions
  • Attend appointments for ante-natal care (e.g. at an ante-natal clinic)
  • Attend an adoption appointment
  • Look for another job or make arrangements for training for future employment if they have been given notice of dismissal because of redundancy
  • Undertake study in order to obtain a relevant qualification
  • Perform duties as a pension scheme trustee
  • Perform a function as part of a European Works Council

Unpaid time off

Employees may also be entitled to time off work, but not necessarily with pay:

  • To take part in certain trade union activities.
  • To undertake public duties (e.g. as a Justice of the Peace, member of a local authority or a health authority, governor of a state maintained educational establishment)
  • For parental leave or care of a dependant
  • To take up duties as a reservist in the armed forces
  • To undertake studies or training

Explore the law guide