The right to take leave to care for dependants applies to all employees.
Since the nature of time off for dependants is typically to deal with unforeseen circumstances, it is normally not possible for an employee to give much, if any, notice.
There is no statutory obligation on employers to pay employees for the time they take off to care for dependants. In practice many employers allow time off for personal emergencies as a matter of course and, for short periods at least, may choose not to deduct any pay.
It is not just women who are sacrificing careers - around a third of those who have swapped full-time work for part-time work to look after dependants in the past three years are men.
The increase of family-friendly legislation in the past three years such as the Employment Rights Act and the Disability Discrimination Act has made it easier for employees to alter their working hours in order to look after children and other dependants such as elderly relatives.
Who is entitled to take time off for dependants
Are employees able to take time off work to deal with unexpected problems involving dependants?
Is there a statutory right to be paid for taking time off for dependants?
Are employees allowed time off work for looking after dependants?
From December 15, 1999 employees have had a right to take reasonable time off work to deal with unexpected problems involving dependants.
This deduction is available on mediclaim policies purchased to cover yourself, spouses and dependant children, and parents (dependant or not).
A dependant can be spouse, children, parents or siblings.