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The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Right to time off for public duties

78.—(1) An employer shall permit an employee of his who is a justice of the peace to take time off during the employee’s working hours for the purpose of performing any of the duties of his office.

(2) An employer shall permit an employee of his who is a member of—

(a)a district council,

(b)a statutory tribunal,

(c)a relevant prison visiting authority,

(d)a relevant health body, or

(e)a relevant education body,

to take time off during the employee’s working hours for the purposes specified in paragraph (3).

(3) The purposes referred to in paragraph (2) are—

(a)attendance at a meeting of the body or any of its committees or sub-committees, and

(b)the doing of any other thing approved by the body, or anything of a class so approved, for the purpose of the discharge of the functions of the body or of any of its committees or sub-committees.

(4) The amount of time off which an employee is to be permitted to take under this Article, and the occasions on which and any conditions subject to which time off may be so taken, are those that are reasonable in all the circumstances having regard, in particular,

(a)how much time off is required for the performance of the duties of the office or as a member of the body in question, and how much time off is required for the performance of the particular duty,

(b)how much time off the employee has already been permitted under this Article or Article 92 or 94, and

(c)the circumstances of the employer’s business and the effect of the employee’s absence on the running of that business.

(5) In paragraph (2)(c) “a relevant prison visiting authority” means—

(a)a board of visitors appointed under section 10 of the [1953 c. 18 (N.I.).] Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953, or

(b)a visiting committee appointed under section 3 of the [1968 c. 29 (N.I.).] Treatment of Offenders Act (Northern Ireland) 1968.

(6) In paragraph (2)(d) “a relevant health body” means—

(a)a Health and Social Services Board; or

(b)a Health and Social Services Trust.

(7) In paragraph (2)(e) “a relevant education body” means—

(a)an education and library board;

(b)the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools;

(c)the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment,

(d)the Board of Governors of a grant-aided school,

(e)the governing body of an institution of further education, or

(f)the managers of a college of education.

(8) The Department may by order—

(a)modify the provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) and (5) to (7) by adding any office or body, removing any office or body or altering the description of any office or body, or

(b)modify the provisions of paragraph (3).

(9) For the purposes of this Article the working hours of an employee shall be taken to be any time when, in accordance with his contract of employment, the employee is required to be at work.

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