The opening ceremony of the London 2012 takes place tomorrow, 27 July 2012.
Some employees may plan to take time off during the Olympic or Paralympic games because they have been appointed as a volunteer.
Many volunteers will be agreeing to commit to at least ten days’ voluntary work. This level of commitment is likely to have a significant effect on businesses that employ volunteers.
Under employment law there is no obligation for an employer to give paid time off unless there is something in the contract that states this will be granted, which is unlikely.
An employer could request:
- The employee takes annual leave
- The employee makes up time at a later date
- The employer allows flexible working during the games.
- The employer grants special leave either paid or unpaid.
- Or a combination of the above.
If the employer chooses to make special arrangements (other than the normal annual leave entitlement), to enable their employees to be a volunteer at the Olympics, it would be reasonable for the employer to request evidence of an employee’s appointment as a volunteer, where time off is taken as anything other than annual leave.
Whatever approach a business adopts, it is important that any policy is applied consistently and communicated in advance to staff and that the remaining staffing levels are sufficient to meet the needs of the business.
For more information on this, contact us on 01483 303636.