706 - Weekend Attendance at Work

  1. The chief executive officer, or duly authorised officer, may require any officer to attend for duty on a Saturday or a Sunday, but -
      a) an officer who objects on the grounds of conscientious belief to work on a Saturday or a Sunday is not liable to dismissal or punishment or other disability for refusing on those grounds to so work if the officer has previously notified the chief executive officer, in writing that he/she has such a conscientious belief and the belief is genuine;
      b) where an officer refuses on the grounds of conscientious belief to work on a Saturday or a Sunday when required so to do by the chief executive officer if the conscientious belief is not genuine the officer is guilty of an offence and may be dealt with under and in accordance with the provisions of Part IV of the Act.
      c) the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Administrative Instruction do not apply to an officer whose normal duties take the officer into the field on visits extending over a weekend and who may be required to perform duty on a Saturday or Sunday.
  2. An officer who on the grounds of conscientious belief wishes to not attend duty on specific working days Monday to Friday, may be given approval by the chief executive officer to utilise annual leave, flexi leave, short leave or leave without pay for that purpose. If the conscientious belief is not genuine the officer is guilty of an offence and may be dealt with in accordance with the provisions of Part IV of the Act.
  3. For the purposes of this Administrative Instruction, conscientious belief includes a conscientious belief whether the grounds for the belief are or are not of a religious character and whether the belief is or is not part of the doctrine of any religion.

EFFECTIVE FROM 13 DECEMBER 1989


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