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Understanding “Time off for Dependants” – Your Statutory Right

At The People Shed, we are committed to not only fostering a productive work environment but also supporting our employees in every facet of their lives. It’s imperative that you, as an employee, are aware of your statutory rights, which is why we want to shine a light on an important aspect of employment law – “Time off for Dependants,” also known as “Emergency Family Leave.”

Your Statutory Right

As an employee, you have the statutory right to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to deal with specific situations affecting your dependants. This right is enshrined in s57A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and is applicable to all employees, irrespective of their employment type, starting from the very first day of work.

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Who are Considered “Dependants”?

“Dependants” refer to individuals such as your spouse, civil partner, child, or parent (excluding grandparents) residing in the same household. It also encompasses those individuals who reasonably rely on you for assistance or care arrangements.

๐Ÿ“œ When Can You Use This Right?

You can invoke the “Time off for Dependants” right in five key situations:

1๏ธโƒฃ Providing Assistance: If your dependant falls ill, gives birth, is injured, or is assaulted.

2๏ธโƒฃ Making Care Arrangements: When you need to make care arrangements for a dependant who is ill or injured.

3๏ธโƒฃ Dealing with Death: In the unfortunate event of the death of a dependant, such as making funeral arrangements.

4๏ธโƒฃ Addressing Disruptions: When you face unexpected disruptions, termination, or breakdowns in care arrangements for a dependant.

5๏ธโƒฃ Handling School Incidents: In situations involving unexpected incidents concerning your child during school hours, like school suspension.

๐Ÿ“ข Important Considerations:

– Notification: It is essential to notify your employer as soon as possible, clearly explaining the reason for your absence and the expected duration of your time off.

– Specific Situations: If your situation doesn’t align with the defined categories, you may not possess a legal right to take time off for dependants.

– Scope: This right is specifically designed for dependant-related events and may not extend to cover other personal emergencies.

โ—๏ธ Remember:

– There is no entitlement to be paid for time off for dependants.

– The time off must be both necessary and reasonable in the given circumstances.

– Typically, only one parent is expected to take time off at a time, but exceptions can apply in severe situations.

– Consider various factors, including the frequency of previous requests, the severity of the incident, and alternative arrangements when determining what constitutes a reasonable absence.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where “Time off for Dependants” is required, please do not hesitate to reach out to your HR department for guidance and support. Your well-being is important to us, and we are here to assist you every step of the way. ๐Ÿ’ผ If you would like more information, please contact us at:

๐Ÿ“ง Email: contact@thepeopleshed.co.uk

At The People Shed, we are not just your employer; we are your partner in navigating the complexities of work and life. Your rights matter, and we are here to ensure they are upheld and respected. ๐Ÿค!

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