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Time off for family and dependants (compassionate leave)

If you're an employee you're allowed to take time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant.

A dependant could be a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent or anyone who depends on you for care.

Visit GOV.UK for information on:

  • how much time you get
  • pay
  • exceptions
  • what counts as an emergency
  • what to do if you have problems at work when you take time off

Visit GOV.UK

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