Legal Article - Employment Law

Time Off for Trade Union Duties

Where an independent Trade Union is recognised by an employer, an employee who is a member of the Union is entitled to reasonable time off during working hours to take part in certain Trade Union activities.

The employer is not obliged to pay the employee for the time off. However, if the employee is an official of the Union (i.e. shop steward) they must be allowed reasonable time off with pay during working hours to carry out those duties as an official which relate to matters for which the employer has recognised the Union, or where the Union is not recognised, functions which the employer has agreed the Union may perform and undergo training which is relevant to those duties and which is approved by the Trades Union Congress or the independent Trade Union of which the employee is an official.

Published: 03 Jun 2011


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