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Dear Secretary of State

On page 45 of the Conservative Party manifesto, under the heading 'Helping you build the Big Society' it states that you will 'give those who work for a big company and the public sector a new workplace entitlement to Volunteering Leave for three days a year, on full pay'.

Your party has made much play of its intention to implement its manifesto. However, no mention of this promise was made in the Queen’s Speech, nor has it appeared in any subsequent draft legislation.

Despite enquiries via social media to you and Nick Boles asking what is happening with this, no replies have been received. 

Such a proposal will present real practical challenges to employers – particularly at a time when they are also grappling with holiday pay issues. Will this be a statutory right to request volunteering leave or an extra three days statutory leave under the Working Time Regulations? If paid, at what rate - the employee’s contractual rate of pay or at some statutory rate?

If this promise has been shelved, I believe your department should confirm this. If, on the other hand, it is still on the table, perhaps BIS could update employers with a likely timetable, such as when and if a consultation is likely to appear?

Businesses like certainty and enough lead time to be able to plan. As yet, neither of these is in evidence.

Yours sincerely


 

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