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Employment Relations Act

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many staff in the Lord Chancellor's Department have taken time off from work in order to attend to domestic incidents as provided for by the Employment Relations Act 1999.[108349]

My Department has in place a wide range of paid special leave arrangements to assist staff who are faced with a family crisis or a domestic emergency, which exceed the provision of a reasonable period of unpaid leave as specified in the Employment Relations Act 1999.Authorisation and monitoring of paid special leave and unpaid emergency family leave has been devolved to line managers and could be collated only at a disproportionate cost.