This topic area predominantly covers time off work that doesn't fall into one of the more usual categories (and for which other resources exist, e.g. sickness absence, annual leave or family-related leave (including unpaid parental leave and time off for dependants). It therefore covers matters such as jury service, time off for trade union duties and sabbaticals.
In our guidance and information section you can find information on statutory entitlements to take time off work or 'special leave', such as to undertake public duties, jury service, or as a member of reserve forces. More detailed guidance is also available on time off for trade union duties and activities, time off to undertake training, managing staffing issues arising on exceptional school/college closures and sabbatical leave ('career breaks').
Our templates and tools section contains example policies on special leave and on adverse weather, plus template letters covering sabbatical leave, jury service, and 'time off to train' requests.
Our FAQs contain answers to some of the more commonly-asked questions on this topic area.
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