Legislation overview

There is a great deal of legislation dealing with the issue of reservists, including the following:

  • Reserve Forces Act 1980
  • Reserve Forces (Safeguard of Employment) Act 1985
  • Reserve Forces Act 1996
  • The Civil Employment (Procedure) Regulations 1944
  • The Reserve Forces Act 1996 (Transitional, Consequential and Saving Provisions) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/306)
  • The Reserve Forces (Call-out and Recall) (Exemptions Etc.) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/307)
  • The Reserve Forces (Provision of Information by Persons Liable to be Recalled) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/308)
  • The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme Order 2005 (SI 2005/439)
  • The Reserve Forces (Call-Out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2005 (SI 2005/589)
  • The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2008 (SI 2008/39)
  • The Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendments No. 2 and 3) Orders 2008 (SI 2008/2160 and SI 2008/2942)
  • The Armed Forces Act 2011
  • The Armed Forces Act 2011 (Commencement No. 1 Transitional and Transitory Provisions) Order 2012 (SI 2012/669)
  • Defence Reform Act 2014
  • The Reserve Forces (Payments to Employers and Partners) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/2410)
  • The Reserve Forces (Call-Out and Recall) (Financial Assistance) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/460).

Q: What or who are reservists?

Q: If an employer has reservists in the workforce how do they know and what can they do to help manage the situation?

Q: How does an an employer know if a reservist has been mobilised and can the employer appeal?

Q: What financial assistance is available for reservists and their employers if mobilisation occurs?

Q: Do employee reservists have extra employment protection?

Q: What happens if an employer refuses to take a reservist employee back following a period of service?

Q: What is the status of an employment contract during service as a reservist and what is the effect on continuity of service?

Q: Do reservists accrue annual leave whilst on training or deployed?

Q: Are there any future developments expected in the area of reservists?

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