Employees have the right to take a reasonable amount of time off work to take necessary action in certain situations that impact on their dependants. A dependant could be a husband, wife, partner, child, parent or anyone who reasonably relies on your employee for help in an emergency or to provide care for him or her if they fell ill. Circumstances that could necessitate an employee exercising the right to dependant care might include:
- To provide assistance when a dependant is ill, gives birth or is injured or assaulted. If the dependant falls ill, the illness or injury may not necessarily be serious or life-threatening. It could be mental, physical or could include the deterioration of a pre-existing condition.
- To make arrangements for the provision of care for a dependant who has been ill or injured.
- To deal with the death of a dependant
- To deal with an unexpected disruption or breakdown of arrangements for the care of a dependant (e.g. childcare, nursing homes)
- To deal with an unexpected incident involving your child during school hours