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Time off in emergencies

Employees have the right to take a 'reasonable' amount of time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.


This information applies to people living in England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.


Also known as time off for dependants, the Employment Rights Act 1996 (in Northern Ireland The Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996) gives all employees the right to take a 'reasonable' amount of time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.

Whether the time off is paid or not is at the discretion of the employer.

Note: For a summary of the statutory rights in work which may be of interest to you as a carer download our factsheet 'Your rights in work'.


What are some examples of emergency situations?

  • a disruption or breakdown in care arrangements
  • to deal with the death of a dependant
  • if a dependant falls ill, has been assaulted or in an accident
  • to make longer term arrangements for a dependant who is ill or injured (but not to provide long term care yourself).
  • to deal wth an incident involving a child during school hours
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Who counts as a dependant?

A dependant includes your husband, wife or partner, child or parent, or someone living with you as part of your family. Others who rely on you for help in an emergency may also qualify.

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How do I use this right?

To use this right to time off, employees must inform their employer as soon as possible after the emergency has happened.

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