I have had to return from annual leave to attend court, what can I claim?
You will be entitled to the following:
My child's school was unexpectedly closed for the day and they were sent home, I couldn’t arrange childcare, do I have to use annual leave or time out of the book to look after them?
A police officer may take time off because of the unexpected disruption or termination of arrangements for the care of a dependant, or to deal with an incident which involves a child of the member and which occurs unexpectedly in a period during which an educational establishment, which the child attends, is responsible for them.
Leave taken as time off for dependants shall be treated as duty, but does not apply unless the member tells their chief officer the reason for their absence as soon as reasonably practicable. Best practice would be to inform a line supervisor of your circumstances ASAP after you become aware of it.
A “dependant” means:
a) a spouse
b) a child
c) a parent
d) a person who lives in the same household as the member, otherwise than by reason of being his employee, tenant, lodger or boarder
This also covers when a dependant falls ill, gives birth or is injured or assaulted or in consequence of the death of a dependant.
I was kept on duty and worked into a day that was scheduled for annual leave what can I claim?
Working into annual leave is not contained in either Reg 25 (over-time) or Reg 26 (PHL/Rest Day) of Police Regulations & Determinations, so it is not classified as over-time. Regulation 33 (Annex OO) does state that it is compensation for being recalled to duty. It is also applicable for officers required to work on an annual leave day as well, therefore covering the retained on duty scenario.
Once the recall from annual leave has been compensated, the day reverts to whatever the rostered duty was (eg 07:00 - 16:00, 10:00 - 18:00, Rest Day) that was booked off. At this point, Reg 25 & 26 come into play and any over-time that would normally be payable is payable.
So, for example, an officer is retained on duty until 08:00 hours off nights having booked one day’s annual leave for the following nights tour of duty, which is then attached to two or more rest days, TOIL, PHL or free days. In this case of the officer, would receive compensation of a day back plus a day’s pay at double time (nine hours because it was a nine-hour shift the officer had booked off.
Now it gets confusing, because the officer had the annual leave day cancelled by working into it, the officer has to work the nine hours but because he only worked one hour they owe the Force eight hours. This could be sorted by just returning the one hour the officer had worked back onto their annual leave.