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Under the Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act
2001, employers must release Reservists when they're called
for service and for any training to prepare for that service.
As a Supportive Employer, you're encouraged to have military
leave policies in place for your Reservists.
This means your Reservists can take leave for training or
deployment without disadvantage.
Want to know more about what Reservists are entitled to?
The amount of leave required for service, or training to prepare
for service, varies.
Leave for service can cover the following:
Where possible, leave will be scheduled outside of work
Once your Reservist is aware of their leave dates for training
or military commitments, they'll arrange a meeting with you (or
their immediate manager).
The leave approval process will vary depending on whether you're
a public or private sector employer.
Find out more on Reservist leave guidelines:
If you need help with implementing a Defence Reserve leave
policy, speak to your Reservist or call us.
Once your Reservist has discussed their leave with you, it's
your responsibility to assess the impact this will have on you.
You might be eligible for financial assistance to offset the
costs of releasing employees for Defence service through the
Employer Support Payment Scheme.
Under the Scheme, you're paid for eligible Defence service at
average weekly earnings (regardless of the employee's salary),
although there is provision in special circumstances for higher
Support Payment Scheme details
Important! In some instances, your Reservist may feel they've
been unfairly treated. Find out how to handle complaints and
When your Reservist returns to work, speak to them about the
skills they gained and how these can be applied to their job.
You may also like to advertise their achievements in newsletters
and other publications.
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