Can my employee take time off if their childminding arrangements break down?
Yes, from day one of employment all employees have the right to time off for dependants. Time off for dependants is time off during working hours to deal with unforeseen matters and emergencies.
A dependant is someone who depends on the employee for care and could be a spouse, partner, child, parent, or someone else who depends on the employee, for example an elderly neighbour.
The legal right is to reasonable “time off for dependants”, which can give an employee time off to deal with emergencies. This would be unpaid and would normally be expected to last one or two days (or what is considered to be reasonable) so that other arrangements can be put in place.
The right to time off for dependants does not give the right to automatic time off in a domestic emergency, such as a boiler breaking down, or for the care of pets, as neither of these involve a dependant.
Time off for dependants would also not cover a situation that an employee knows about in advance, for example taking a child to a hospital appointment.
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