Time Off Work for Dependants

There have been relatively few decisions on the exercise of an employee's right to take time off work to deal with situations affecting their dependants. A recent employment tribunal case concerned the dismissal of an employee for refusing to sign a form consenting to a deduction from his pay after he had taken time off to arrange emergency childcare.
The tribunal held that the employee was subjected to a detriment and unfairly dismissed for exercising the right to take time off to care for dependants. The employer operated a time off for dependants policy, but failed to make the connection between this policy and its decision to make deductions from the pay of employees who arrived late for work.

This checklist explains the circumstances in which an employee can take time off work to deal with certain situations affecting their dependants.

For further information, contact our Employment Law Team.

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