Employment Law for employees - Coronavirus Update
In these uncertain times understanding your rights as an employee has never been more significant. Employers have to come to terms with the changing landscape and do what they think is right to protect their businesses, and whilst they do have a legal right to make redundancies they also legally need to follow a process/framework. Employment, even in these hard times, still needs to be legal and fair.
Employment Law is complex and in the current climate there are even more opportunities for an employer to fail to uphold your rights as an employee.
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One of the questions we're being asked at the moment is what are my rights with regards to taking time off to look after my child who is isolating?
The law allows employees a reasonable amount of unpaid time off to deal with an emergency situation when care is needed for a dependant. This has generally been accepted to be a 1 – 2 days, although it can be more, depending on the circumstances; and we think COVID is likely to be such a circumstance. 1-2 days is deemed reasonable under normal circumstances as this gives you time to put longer term childcare plans into place, which of course during Covid may not be feasible.
Some employer’s policies may state limitations on what dependant’s leave can be used for so it would be worth having a discussion with your employer about how flexible they can be with any such policies given the circumstances.
This time off would usually be unpaid unless the employer agrees to pay you for this time off. You would need to look at your employer’s rules about time off for dependants to see if this is paid. You may of course be able to agree to take holiday to cover the childcare, work from home or possibly discuss flexible working such as a temporary change in working hours.
If an employee is dismissed or subjected to less favourable treatment for trying to take dependants leave, then that will be unfair and they could have a claim. However, as with everything in employment law, this will all turn on the facts of the individual case.
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