Time Off for Family and Dependants

Related imageYour rights – As an employee you’re allowed time off to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.  A dependant could be a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent, or someone who depends on you for care.

How much you get – You’re allowed a reasonable amount of time off to deal with the emergency, but there’s no set amount of time as it depends on the situation.  ExampleIf your child falls ill you could take time off to go to the doctor and make care arrangements.  Your employer may then ask you to take annual leave or parental leave if you want to look after your child for longer.  Tell your employer as soon as possible how much time you’ll need so it can be agreed.

Limits on time off – There are no limits on how many times you can take time off for dependants.  Your employer may want to talk to you if they think time off is affecting your work.

Pay – Your employer may pay you for time off to look after dependants but they don’t have to.  Check your contract, company handbook or intranet site to see if there are rules about this.

Exceptions – You can’t have time off if you knew about a situation beforehand.  For example you wouldn’t be covered if you wanted to take your child to hospital for an appointment. You might get parental leave instead.  Check your employment status to see if you’re classed as an ‘employee’.

Compassionate leave – If you aren’t given time off for dependants, your employer may allow you ‘compassionate leave’ – this can be paid or unpaid leave for emergency situations.  Check your employment contract, company handbook or intranet for details about compassionate leave.

You can find more details here

Student Loan Repayment Plans

Student-LoansPlan types

With effect from the 2016 to 2017 tax year there are 2 plan types for student loan repayments:

  • plan 1 with a 2016 to 2017 threshold of £17,495 (£1,457 a month or £336 per week)
  • plan 2 with a 2016 to 2017 threshold of £21,000 (£1750 a month or £403 per week)

If you are unsure which plan to use, it is easy to find out by filling in the online survey here

More guidance for employers can be found here