What happens if your employee suddenly has an emergency at home? Their child is sick or their wife has an accident. We answer your questions regarding your rights as an employer when this situation arises.
Yes. All your employees can take a reasonable amount of time off to deal with incidents involving a dependant.
Dependants are defined as your employee’s parent, wife, husband or partner, child, grandchild or someone who relies on your employee for care.
Your employee can take time off:
There is no maximum amount of time which can be taken. However, usually one or two days is considered enough to deal with the immediate issues and to sort out longer-term arrangements, if necessary.
After that you can ask your employee to take annual leave or parental leave to deal with their problem.
If your employee knows about the situation beforehand, then they cannot have time off under these rules. So if your employee takes time off because their child has a hospital appointment, then they won’t be covered.
You may decide to pay your employee for their time off, but you don’t have to.
If you refuse your employee reasonable time off, then your employee can take you to an employment tribunal and the tribunal may award them compensation.
If you want more in-depth information – from an employment lawyer – about all aspects of employment law, then read our guide Employment Law Made Easy. Packed with tips and expert advice on complying with employment legislation.
Published on: April 30, 2014