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Dependants leave is not a case for unfair dismissal

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    Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors [2003] IRLR 184 EAT (4 other reports)

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      9 May 2003

      In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors, the EAT holds that the statutory right to take a "reasonable amount of time off" to care for dependants is a right that applies during working hours to enable employees to deal with the variety of specified unexpected or sudden events affecting their dependants, and in order to make any "necessary" longer-term arrangements for their care.

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    • Guidelines on dependant leave

      1 April 2003

      In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors (14 January 2003), the EAT confirms that the statutory right to time off in respect of dependants is a right to deal with unexpected events, and is not intended to allow an employee to provide care for a sick dependant beyond the reasonable amount necessary to enable them to deal with the immediate crisis.

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      11 February 2003

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Employees with caring responsibilities are entitled to take 'dependants leave' when a child is ill, but employers should keep extensive records of when they are absent, says Danielle Kingdon, employment partner at Osbourne Clarke.

Employers should familiarise themselves with the recent judgment of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Qua v John Ford Morrison, Solicitors, 2003, EAT/884/01.