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Employment Relations Act

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff in his Department have taken time off from work in order to attend to domestic incidents as provided for by the Employment Relations Act 1999. [108343]

Responsibility for authorising and monitoring time off is devolved to individual management units within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and this information could be collected only at disproportionate cost. Staff in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's Headquarters, the Agencies, and the Government Offices are provided with the ability to apply for special leave to deal with a range of domestic incidents subject to the approval of line management. This special leave provision is generally more generous than that required under the Employment Relations Act 1999.