LRD Booklets August 2017

Time off for trade union duties and activities - a guide to facility time

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Introduction

Introduction
 [pages 5-7] (1,107 words)

Union and other workplace representatives need time off to carry out their duties and activities if they are to represent workers to their best ...
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Chapter 1

1. Facility time – the legal framework
 [ch 1: pages 8-9] (534 words)

There are nine areas of law where union or worker representatives have statutory rights, according to conciliation service Acas.
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The Acas Code of Practice
 [ch 1: pages 9-10] (1,140 words)

Facility time and the Trade Union Act 2016
 [ch 1: pages 13-15] (936 words)

Costing facility time under the reporting regulations
 [ch 1: page 15] (281 words)

Reserve power to cap facility time
 [ch 1: pages 15-16] (297 words)

Responding to the Trade Union Act 2016
 [ch 1: pages 16-18] (964 words)

Chapter 2

2. The benefits of facility time
 [ch 2: pages 19-20] (836 words)

The government claims that the new reporting duties introduced by the Trade Union Act 2016 will result in savings to the taxpayer. But this does not ...
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Chapter 3

3. The rights of union reps and members
 [ch 3: page 21] (151 words)

Reps employed in workplaces with union recognition have a legal right to reasonable paid time off to carry out trade union duties (see page 24). Reps ...
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Who is entitled to time off?
 [ch 3: page 21] (214 words)

Working hours
 [ch 3: page 22] (55 words)

Trade union duties
 [ch 3: page 22] (213 words)

Trade union side meetings
 [ch 3: pages 22-24] (362 words)

Rulings on union duties
 [ch 3: page 23] (294 words)

Payment for duties
 [ch 3: page 24] (300 words)

Part-timers and shift workers
 [ch 3: pages 25-26] (627 words)

Trade union activities
 [ch 3: page 26] (134 words)

Payment for activities
 [ch 3: page 26] (143 words)

Defining trade union activities
 [ch 3: pages 27-28] (432 words)

Duties or activities?
 [ch 3: page 29] (203 words)

Members’ rights to time off
 [ch 3: page 28] (184 words)

Industrial action
 [ch 3: pages 28-29] (252 words)

Chapter 4

4. Union safety reps
 [ch 4: page 30] (53 words)

Union safety reps play a very important role and have time off rights under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. There are parallel ...
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The law
 [ch 4: page 30] (201 words)

Defining safety duties
 [ch 4: pages 30-31] (334 words)

Resolving differences
 [ch 4: page 32] (102 words)

Safety rep pay
 [ch 4: pages 31-32] (79 words)

Representatives of employee safety (ROES)
 [ch 4: page 32] (84 words)

The law
 [ch 4: page 32] (202 words)

Pay for ROES
 [ch 4: page 33] (39 words)

Other safety reps
 [ch 4: page 33] (168 words)

Chapter 5

5. Union learning reps
 [ch 5: page 34] (38 words)

A union learning rep (ULR) helps open up learning opportunities for union members, supports them during their learning and helps develop a learning ...
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The law
 [ch 5: page 34] (163 words)

Agreeing time off arrangements
 [ch 5: pages 34-35] (257 words)

Right to time off for training
 [ch 5: page 35] (214 words)

Defining a ULR’s activities
 [ch 5: page 35] (127 words)

Members’ access to ULRs
 [ch 5: page 35] (53 words)

Chapter 6

6. Time off for other roles
 [ch 6: page 36] (137 words)

There are a number of specific workplace situations where reps have the right to take time off work to deal with them, from acting as a companion ...
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Time off for companions
 [ch 6: pages 36-37] (461 words)

Consulting on collective redundancies
 [ch 6: page 37] (204 words)

Consulting with non-union reps
 [ch 6: page 38] (236 words)

Consulting on TUPE
 [ch 6: page 38] (61 words)

Who has consultation rights?
 [ch 6: pages 38-39] (185 words)

Consulting with no union recognition
 [ch 6: page 39] (182 words)

Non-union reps’ pay in redundancy and TUPE consultations
 [ch 6: page ] (60 words)

Consulting on pension changes
 [ch 6: page 39] (57 words)

Defining who has consultation rights
 [ch 6: page 40] (208 words)

Calculating the hourly rate
 [ch 6: page 40] (79 words)

Reaching a workforce agreement
 [ch 6: pages 40-41] (154 words)

Defining information and consultation rights
 [ch 6: page 41] (180 words)

Consulting across two or more EU countries
 [ch 6: page 41] (116 words)

Calculating pay
 [ch 6: pages 41-42] (111 words)

Time off rights for equality and environment reps
 [ch 6: page 42] (137 words)

Chapter 7

7. The practicalities of being a rep
 [ch 7: page 43] (299 words)

The employers’ willingness to observe and improve on statutory time-off rights is crucial if the rep is to represent his or her members effectively. ...
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Staff shortages and peer pressure
 [ch 7: pages 43-44] (474 words)

Requesting time off
 [ch 7: pages 44-46] (674 words)

Applying reasonable time off by company size
 [ch 7: pages 46-48] (844 words)

Applying the test of reasonableness
 [ch 7: pages 48-49] (474 words)

Full-time reps
 [ch 7: pages 49-50] (256 words)

Chapter 8

8. Training and facilities
 [ch 8: page 51] (388 words)

Union reps employed in workplaces with union recognition have a right to time off for industrial relations training as set out in section 168 of the ...
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Paid time off for training
 [ch 8: page 52] (130 words)

Approved training
 [ch 8: pages 52-53] (470 words)

ULR training
 [ch 8: page 53] (61 words)

Training for safety reps and representatives of employee safety (ROES)
 [ch 8: pages 53-55] (617 words)

Training for other reps
 [ch 8: page 55] (203 words)

Access to facilities
 [ch 8: pages 55-56] (587 words)

Facilities for other reps
 [ch 8: page 57] (191 words)

Access to new staff
 [ch 8: page 57] (184 words)

Chapter 9

9. Respecting time off rights
 [ch 9: page 58] (360 words)

Union and worker reps need legal protection and the back-up of legal redress if they are to get the time off work that they need to represent members ...
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No detriment
 [ch 9: pages 58-59] (493 words)

Unfair dismissal and selection for redundancy
 [ch 9: pages 59-61] (662 words)

Rights and protections for other reps
 [ch 9: pages 61-62] (762 words)

Further information

10. Useful information
 [pages 63-64] (406 words)

Type of rep Legislation Union rep eg shop steward undertaking union duties (see Chapter 3) Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 ...
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