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Info on the various 'family friendly rights' can be found here:

 

your rights: working life and family-friendly policies - from workSMART.org.uk

 

The obvious one for you to look at is the right to 'Dependent Leave'

 

All employees have the right to ‘reasonable’ time off work to help people such as family members or friends who depend on them for assistance in an emergency. There is no set limit on how much time off can be taken but you can only take off the time necessary to sort out the immediate ‘problem’.

 

This time off does not have to be paid by the employer, even though the leave may only be for a few hours during a paid working day. However some employers (often those with trade union agreements on ‘family’, ‘special’ or ‘carer’s’ leave) already give paid leave in these circumstances, perhaps up to a certain number of days per year.

 

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Info on the various 'family friendly rights' can be found here:

 

your rights: working life and family-friendly policies - from workSMART.org.uk

 

The obvious one for you to look at is the right to 'Dependent Leave'

 

All employees have the right to ‘reasonable’ time off work to help people such as family members or friends who depend on them for assistance in an emergency. There is no set limit on how much time off can be taken but you can only take off the time necessary to sort out the immediate ‘problem’.

 

This time off does not have to be paid by the employer, even though the leave may only be for a few hours during a paid working day. However some employers (often those with trade union agreements on ‘family’, ‘special’ or ‘carer’s’ leave) already give paid leave in these circumstances, perhaps up to a certain number of days per year.

 

Che

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Some companies rely on the phrase 'in an emergency' to argue that child care/sick child/dependant is not an emergency as it is foreseeable that a child will be sick at some point so the employee should have a plan B. This was said to me by a director of HR at a large organisation :eek:

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It is always a touchy subject, and impossible to apply one rigid set of rules to.

 

Parental rights (in this respect) exist to allow reasonable time off to cope with a family emergency. 'Emergency' is not actually defined in the regulations and will vary according to individual circumstances. A childminder going sick may not be an issue for a couple where one person has the option of working from home for a day, but may mean a huge inconvenience for a single parent with no alternative but to take a day off without pay.

 

I always used to say to staff that 'Sh!t happens and we can't always dictate when and where it will land on us or how long it will take to wash off'. A child with tonsillitis and with no alternative care available will neccessarily be more of an 'emergency' and will take longer to deal with, than the cat being off it's food. The latter might warrant a trip to the vet, but not round the clock attention for several days, however much it is one of the family!

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