Time off work for union duties is not generated during holidays
The recent judgment by the Supreme Court of February 1, 2017 confirms its thinking in 2015 which held that time off work for union duties during the holiday period did not have a legal basis because it is paid leave that cannot be enjoyed when the employee is not working.
In the case reviewed by the Supreme Court, the company had been granting time off work for union duties for each of the twelve months of the year. The workers accumulated the time in a time bank which was then distributed among some of them. However, as a result of the Supreme Court judgment of March 23, 2015, the company notified the employees that as from receipt of the notice, they could no longer accumulate the hours granted for union duties during the holiday period.
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