Time off for Dependants: Rights

Employees are entitled to unpaid time off work to deal with particular situations affecting their dependants. This might include when a child falls ill at school; making funeral arrangements on the death of a dependant; or taking a spouse to hospital following an accident. Employees are entitled to a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off to take action which is ‘necessary’ in the particular circumstances: what this means will vary from case to case and is likely to depend on, for example, the nature of the incident and whether anyone else is available to help.

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