What requirements are there on an employee to inform the employer that he or she is taking time off for dependants?

In order to qualify for the right to time off for dependants, an employee is required to inform the employer as soon as is reasonably practicable of the reason for his or her absence. The employee must also tell the employer for how long he or she expects to be absent. In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors [2003] IRLR 184 EAT, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that an employee is not required to provide daily updates on the situation where he or she has informed the employer of the expected length of the absence, where it involves more than one day's absence.