Employees have a number of different statutory rights to ask for time off work. Employees have the right to seek unpaid time off work to carry out functions connected with certain public duties and the right to request paid time off work for a variety of reasons. The right is to request time off work, not an absolute right to take time off when the individual sees fit.

This topic explains what “reasonable” time off means, the right to time off for training and the categories of employees with the right to paid and unpaid time off work.

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