In line with regulation, all employers must publish information on facility time, which is agreed time off from an individual's job to carry out a trade union role, before 31 July.
The trade union (facility time publication requirements) regulations 2017 came in to force on 1 April 2017. Employers should have been recording facility time for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
There is a legal requirement to publish this information, and employers will be preparing to publish their information on their website by the 31 July 2018 deadline.
It is important that employers are aware of the full requirements of the regulations (not just the requirement to publish on a website).
The regulations state that employers must:
- publish the information in the form indicated in schedule 2 of the regulations
- place this information on their website before 31 July 2018
- include this information in their annual report which covers the relevant period (April 17 to March 18)
- place the information on a website maintained by or on behalf of the government before 31 July 2018 (we understand that the government portal for uploading this information is still under development).
While the government guidance on facility time has still not been published, employers can remind themselves of the requirements they must comply with by reading the statutory instrument and the explanatory memorandum on the government website. You may also find the ACAS code of practice useful as it explains the difference between trade union duties (for which facility time is given) and trade union activities.
Read regulations in full for more information