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Torquay United release statement after player claims he’d get fined if he attended funeral

National League South side Torquay United have released a club statement after one of their players claimed he would get fined if he attended a funeral.

Defender Josh Gowling took to Twitter to speak of his upset that his best friend’s father passed away and the threat that the club had made.

Check out the tweet, which has since been deleted, below…

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The club yesterday afternoon put out a statement to their social media and website, which read:

Torquay United is aware of a comment made by Josh Gowling on social media and we have requested this be deleted, as our enquiries show this post to be inaccurate and misleading. An internal investigation has been initiated.

Workingrights.co.uk states: “The legal guidelines set out by the Government talks about ‘time off for dependants’, but as this only refers to emergencies, if your employer is particularly strict, they may not give you time off if you knew the person was ill”.

Employers will allow employees to take unpaid leave to attend funerals, although they may allow it to be paid time if the person concerned was a close relative, next of kin or dependant.”

The website then advises: “Wherever possible, give your employer notice of your plan to take time off for a funeral as they will probably need to arrange additional cover.

“It can be difficult to remember at this time that your workplace still needs to continue, which can make your boss or line manager seem rather harsh in these circumstances.”

 

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