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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - What is dependant's leave really for?
    Dependant's leave has two purposes. The first is to enable the employee to deal with an immediate problem, such as caring for an elderly parent after a fall, or if a child-minder is unexpectedly ill. Once this has been achieved, its second purpose is to allow the employee to put alternative arrangements in place, e.g. to arrange alternative care. Tip. Contrary to popular belief dependant's leave doesn't exist simply to allow the taker to provide any necessary care themselves.
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  • Frequently Asked Employment Questions - If an employee only needs a few hours' dependant's leave, can we simply require them to make up the time later?
    Unfortunately, it's not as simple as that. The Employment Rights Act 1996 says that it's unlawful for you to subject an employee to a "detriment" when exercising their statutory right to take dependants leave. As the right is for them to take reasonable unpaid time off work, requiring them to do extra hours to make up the lost time would amount to detrimental treatment, even though you're only trying to ensure they don't lose out on pay. Tip. Of course, there's nothing to stop you suggesting this option...
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