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Taking Time Off Work

Rules for Taking Time Off Work

There are various ways employees take time off work. As a rule, workers get paid for time away from work. But, personal time off (PTO) is another policy found in some employment handbooks.

TIME-OFF FROM WORK: Taking leave of absence can include holidays, maternity and paternity leave, as well as sick leave.

The laws of employment give you the legal right to take time off work for certain situations. Even so, you may not always get paid for downtime.

Generally, all employers pool a bank of hours for staff vacation days and time off for sickness. In most cases they will also make provisions for employees to have days off for emergencies.

Note: Always check your contract of employment. You may have extra rights than those listed in these employee time off work guidelines.

Working Hours and Breaks

Arranging staff working hours is part of business management. It helps businesses, and its workers, balance their duties in the workplace and at home.

Meeting the demands of 24/7 is a balancing act between leisure time and working time regulations. It results in a more flexible approach to working hours and break times. Management are seeing the benefits of flexible starting and finishing times. It also includes an increase in shift work, working at home, and job sharing.

Employment Law on Taking Time Off Work

United Kingdom Bank Holidays GuideBank Holidays

HOLIDAY PAY: The rights of agricultural workers grant them statutory holiday leave. Use the government site to calculate agricultural holiday entitlement in England and Wales.

OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS: The 2018 bank holiday calendar shows the next official holiday in the United Kingdom. Check how many bank holidays we observe in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Employee Rights When on Leave GuideEmployee Rights on Leave

CAREER BREAKS: None of the UK employment laws deal 'specifically' with taking a career break. It would be an agreement set up between an employer and their employee. But, laws do protect employees on returning to their same job (or a similar one).

EMERGENCY LEAVE: All employees can take time off for emergency leave from work. Check out how much time you can take off to care for family and dependants.

PAID HOLIDAY: Information in the holiday entitlement section is useful for workers and employers. Use the guide to check holiday pay rights and calculate leave entitlement.

PUBLIC DUTIES: According to the law you can take time off work for public duties and services. But, the rights and responsibilities for employers and employees varies.

TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS: Find out how time off due to travel disruption affects your rights. Check how journey disruptions, such as winter weather, can affect your holiday entitlement.


Maternity and Paternity Leave GuideMaternity and Paternity Leave

MATERNITY ALLOWANCE: Find out what it is and whether you qualify. The exact Maternity Allowance amount you get depends on your eligibility.

MATERNITY LEAVE YOUR RIGHTS: A guide explaining employment entitlements while on leave. Check what happens to employee rights if you take time off work and then return to your job.

MATERNITY PAY and LEAVE: Statutory Maternity Pay is for those who take time off work to have a baby. In most cases, you are eligible to claim your maternity rights as well as a range of benefits income.

MATERNITY PLANNER: Find out how to calculate your leave and pay for parents after you have a child. The online guide helps you check whether you can get maternity leave.

PATERNITY PAY AND LEAVE: Paid Paternity Leave is an entitlement for parents, adopters, or surrogates. Taking Paternity Pay and Leave gives you an option to have a brief spell off work to take care of a new arrival.

SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE AND PAY: Shared Parental Leave gives mothers an option to end their maternity leave and pay early. That choice offers parents greater flexibility for time off during their baby's first year.

UNPAID PARENTAL LEAVE: A guide about Unpaid Parental Leave entitlement. Further information covers employee parental leave eligibility and maternity leave notice periods.


Statutory Sick Pay GuideStatutory Sick Pay

ASP GUIDE: Farm workers get agricultural worker holiday entitlement and paid sick days too. But, they usually get Agricultural Sick Pay (ASP) instead of SSP.

SSP GUIDE: How much Statutory Sick Pay you get depends on several factors. SSP rates get paid by your employer if they do not run company sick pay for staff off work with illness.

TAKING SICK LEAVE: Most employers have set methods for staff to inform them when they are taking sick leave from work. So what kind of proof of sickness does your employer need according to employment laws?


Working Time Regulations UK GuideWorking Time Regulations UK

WTR GUIDE: The Working Time Regulations govern the hours that most workers can work. Thus, in the United Kingdom they set out:

WORKING HOURS: The Working Time Regulations determine the maximum weekly working time. They govern the patterns of work and holidays, as well as the daily and weekly rest periods. WTR also covers the health and working hours of night time workers.

The Regulation applies to both part time and full-time workers. It includes the majority of agency workers and freelancers. Even so, certain categories of workers do get excluded.


UK Rules for Time Off Work: Holidays, Sick Leave, and Maternity and Paternity Leave