Action for Carers Surrey
Enabling carers to have a voice and realise a life outside caring

Time off in emergencies

You have the right to a 'reasonable' amount of time off to deal with emergencies involving a dependant. This right also includes some protection from dismissal. It is at the employer's discretion whether the leave is paid or unpaid. Situations where this leave might be taken include:

  • Disruption to, or a breakdown in care arrangements
  • If a dependant falls ill or has been assaulted or in an accident, including when the victim is upset rather than physically injured
  • An incident involving a child during school hours
  • When there is a need to make longer term arrangements for a dependant who is ill or injured
  • The death of a dependant