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Time off for dependants: First consideration of dependants' leave entitlement

This report relates to 1 case(s)

Key points

In Qua v John Ford Morrison Solicitors [2003] IRLR 184, the EAT holds:

  • 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.
  • Where, as in this case, that time off is taken "to provide assistance on an occasion when a dependant falls ill", the right does not enable the employee to take time off in order to provide that care personally, beyond the reasonable amount necessary to enable him or her to deal with the immediate crisis.