There is a statutory right in UK law to take unpaid time-off work during working hours to deal with crises or unexpected events that have affected dependents. The right originates in the European Parental Leave Directive 1996. The right is available to all employees, regardless of length of service. The leave can be taken when a dependent falls ill or gives birth, when a dependent dies and arrangements have to be made for a funeral, when there is unexpected disruption to established care arrangements, and when there is an unexpected crisis at school. A ‘dependent’, for the purpose of the law, is a spouse, child, parent, or person who lives in the same household as the employee other than a lodger. The right in law is to unpaid leave but many employers will provide paid time-off for domestic emergencies, either informally or as part of a special leave policy. [See also parental leave.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.