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AJM
27-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Can colleagues confirm whether or not they are aware of a directive that stipulates that 'working parents' e returning to work are allowed up to 5 days a year extra to annual leave for covering situations re sickness to children. Is there an age limit for children

Bob Shearer
23-10-2007, 02:01 PM
I think you're referring to Dependant leave. This is described in our leave policy as follows:

You have the statutory right to take reasonable unpaid periods of time off work to deal with emergencies involving a dependant of yours. This can include your spouse or partner, a child or parent or other relative who is a member of your household.

Paid time off limited to 5 days per annum will be allowed (pro rata for part time staff), to manage a genuine domestic crisis e.g. should normal day care fail or if the relative is hospitalised. In granting such leave, the Practice Manager must take into consideration the individual’s needs and discuss these with the member of staff as soon as possible. These may include:

• The amount of work pressure on an employee and levels of anxiety
• A drop in job performance
• Alternative working arrangements to include flexible working hours
• The option to reduce working hours to part time for a limited period

Should there be a requirement for further time off, there is also the option of taking annual leave or a mutually agreed period of unpaid leave.

I hope this helps, Bob