Handle a request from a trade union representative for time off to carry out their duties

Key points

  • Employees who are representatives of a recognised independent trade union are entitled to time off for the purposes of carrying out certain functions including duties concerned with collective bargaining. They are also entitled to time off for duties relating to consultation on collective redundancies or a TUPE transfer.
  • The entitlement is to a reasonable amount of paid time off.
  • If an employer refuses an employee time off or fails to pay the employee for the time off, the employee may present a claim to the employment tribunal.

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