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2 Employment - updated version available December '16
18. Can I take time off if I am someone's carer?
If you are someone's carer, you have a right to 'dependant care leave'. This is 'reasonable' unpaid time off to deal with issues to do with people you care for. Unlike other types of leave, you don't have to have worked for your employer for a minimum period before you can take it.
You can take time off if there is an unexpected problem in caring for:
You can also have time off to help a dependant who:
You can also take time off to deal with matters if a dependant dies or to deal with an unexpected incident involving your child at school or college.
To take dependant care leave, you must tell your employer why you need to take the leave as soon as you can. However, you don’t need their permission and you don’t have to tell them beforehand.
If you are having problems getting your employer to agree to dependant care leave, or if you feel discriminated against or victimised because you take it, you can take your case to an employment tribunal.
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with Ian Hunter, Head of the Employment Department, Bird & Bird, Solicitors.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
Leaflet Version: January 2016
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