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Trustees - More time off work?

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As a charity trustee it can often be difficult to find the time to juggle your job, personal and family life along with the strict duties involved in being a trustee.

In order to address this problem a group of MPs have put forward a proposed amendment to the Employment Rights Act 1996 in that employees would have a right to time off from their work to enable them to fulfil and discharge their duties as a charity trustee.

It is, of course, likely that the bill may not find favour with employers up and down the county. However, it should be recognised that it is becoming harder for charities to find trustees and there are already similar dispensations in place for other good causes. School governors, magistrates, members of health authorities amongst others all have the right to take time off work in pursuit of their additional roles, so why not trustees?

At this stage the bill is only at proposal stage and therefore it is likely to be quite some time before any amendments are formally drafted and put before parliament for a vote. Watch this space for updates in the meantime. 

If you wish to discuss charity trustee duties, if you are a trustee looking for advice or wish to discuss becoming a trustee for a charity, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am based in our Colchester office and can be contacted on 01206 217366 or tim.field@birkettlong.co.uk.

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