Emergency Leave Policy
This Emergency Leave Policy (also known as Time off for Dependants) is designed to comply with and, if necessary, exceed the rights granted to employees by law when taking time off to deal with an unforeseen emergency. During the coronavirus outbreak, there may be an increase in requests for Emergency Leave.
The right to time off for dependants is available to everyone who has a contract of employment whether they work on a part time or full time basis, with the exception of the police, armed forces or security services.
This policy will help to ensure that employers provide their workers with their statutory right to time off in an emergency. However, it must be noted that the right only applies to dependants and does not therefore apply to matters such as problems with pets or property.
This Time Off for Dependants Policy contains the following clauses:
3. Meaning of Dependant
4. Advance Notice and Extended Leave
5. The Employee's Rights
6. Misuse of the Right to Time Off
7. Relationship with Other Policies
8. Refusal and Complaints
9. Data Protection
As of 6 April 2020, employees who are the parents of a child who dies are entitled to two weeks’ leave. In most cases, this leave will be paid at a statutory minimum rate.
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