Am I entitled to time off work for public duties?

The law says you are entitled to reasonable time off work to perform public duties.

Examples include:

  • jury service;
  • attendance of school governors at school committees; and
  • attendance by elected local authority members at council meetings.

There is no requirement for the employer to pay for this time off, although the individual contract of employment may provide for this.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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