Under the regulations the following definitions apply:
Central function employees are employees of the authority or Council, other than those in the education function.
Education function employees are those employed by community, voluntary controlled, community special and maintained nursery schools. For any other employees that may be considered as education function, but do not fall under the definition in accordance with the regulations they will be included in the central function employee report.
Paid facility time hours means the number of hours spent on facility time by an employee who is a relevant union official during a relevant period (excluding any time undertaken for which the employee does not receive any wages by the employer).
Total paid facility time hours is the total number of hours spent on facility time by TU representatives during a relevant period and when a representative would normally receive wages.
Paid trade union activities is the time taken off in respect of which a relevant union official receives wages from the relevant public sector employer.
Relevant period means a period of 12 months beginning with 1st April, the first relevant period begins on 1st April 2017 and annually thereafter.
Wages (and Gross amount in relation to wages) has the meaning any sums payable in connection with the relevant union official’s employment and in accordance with section 27 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Working hours is in relation to any time when an employee is required to be at work in accordance with their contract of employment.
Total pay bill is the total amount of (the total gross amount spent on wages) + (total pension contributions) + (total national insurance contributions) during the relevant period.
Hourly cost for each employee: (the gross amount spent on wages) + (pension contributions) + (national insurance contributions) divided by the number of hours during the relevant period.
Total cost of facility time for each employee who is a TU representative during the relevant period, facility time cost is calculated by: (hourly cost for each employee x number of paid facility time hours). Total facility time cost is calculated by adding together the amounts produced by the calculation of facility time cost for each employee. In calculating this figure wages of any employee who can be identified from the information being published must be expressed as a notional hourly cost to represent the employee’s wages.