London, the host of this year’s Olympics, is set to have thousands of committed volunteers making it all happen. In order to minimise the impact the Olympics will have on the workplace, ACAS has issued guidance on what employers should look out for in respect of its legal obligations to its employees and to manage expectations.

Although employees have no legal right to time off work to volunteer, ACAS guidance suggests that employers may wish to consider incorporating a policy of allowing an employee to take for example two paid days off per year to develop their skills through volunteering. Equally, the employer could agree to unpaid time off or, the employee could take annual leave.