Weekend Company Functions


Can an organisation’s management require employees to attend weekend company functions and deduct annual leave for not attending?


Can an organisation’s management require employees to attend weekend company functions?

It is not uncommon for employers to require employees to attend weekend company functions, such as team-building activities, company retreats, or networking events.

However, whether or not an employer can require employees to attend such events depends on various factors, including the employment contract, company policies, and applicable employment laws.

If attending weekend company functions is stated as a requirement in the employment contract or company policies, employees may be obligated to attend.

However, employers should also take into consideration any potential impact on employees’ work-life balance and ensure that employees are duly compensated for their time and effort, such as through additional pay or time off in lieu.

It is advisable for employers to communicate their expectations regarding attendance at weekend company functions clearly and in advance, providing employees with sufficient notice to make necessary arrangements.

This helps to foster a positive work environment and maintain good employee relations.


Can the HR department deduct the employee’s annual leave for not attending a company function?

No, employers generally cannot deduct annual leave for not attending a company function.

Annual leave is an employee’s entitlement and should be used at their discretion, subject to the company’s policy and any relevant employment laws.

Attendance at company functions is typically voluntary, and employees should not be penalised for choosing not to attend.

Deducting annual leave as a consequence of not attending a company function could be considered unfair and may not comply with employment regulations.

However, it is worth mentioning that if a company function is considered work-related or part of an employee’s job responsibilities, it may be appropriate to require attendance during working hours.

In such cases, employees should still be compensated for their time, either through additional pay, time off, or other suitable arrangements.


Can the HR department deduct the employee’s annual leave for not attending a company function?

Yes: 5.26%

No: 71.05%

Depends: 23.68%


Comments:

The company should inform all staff about the event with ample notice, so the staff can make the necessary arrangements. For company activities such as teambuilding, and festive gatherings, should the staff not be able to attend, we would encourage them to apply for leave accordingly. – Kat

It is not a common practice to deduct annual leave if any employee is unable to attend a company function. – Ann


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