This area of employment law frequently causes problems, being underpinned by complex legislation which even some employment lawyers and Tribunal Judges struggle to comprehend.
In a nutshell, there is a whole host of other so-called ‘family friendly’ rights including:
The law provides a right for employees to request to work different hours, not only where they are carers of children now up to and including the age of 16, but also those who care for adults who may be elderly or infirm relatives.
This is a form of unpaid leave available to some working parents in addition to statutory maternity, paternity and adoption leave.
It can last up to 13 weeks and can be flexible both in the time at which it is taken and the way in which the total leave entitlement can be divided.
Time off for Dependants
Employees have the right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of unpaid time off work to take necessary action to deal with particular situations affecting their dependants. This could be to give assistance if a family member falls ill, or to deal with an unexpected incident which involves the employee’s child at school or college.
We can provide timely and practical advice in all these areas. In addition, clients are made aware that, if disagreements are not resolved, employees can bring claims in the Employment Tribunal.