The Board of Deputies has been asked by the Department for Education to provide them with details of cases where people have had difficulties getting time off work for Jewish festivals this autumn. To enable us to provide an accurate picture of the scale of the problem we need to give them as many examples as possible. Bearing in mind the fact that Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot fall on weekdays again in 2014, the issue needs to be dealt with urgently. In particular, we have had many teachers coming to us asking for help in negotiating time off, but the issue is something that we know can be problematic across all sectors. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org asap to provide us with details of your experience which will be treated in full confidence.
Education Policy and Projects Manager