Will I get paid leave for urgent family reasons and other periods of special leave?

You have no statutory right to be paid when taking either parental leave or dependants' leave.

Some employers will pay part or all of an employee's wages for this type of leave. If they do, the arrangements will probably be set out in the employee's contract of employment or in a staff handbook.

In workplaces where a union is recognised, pay for these categories of leave has often been negotiated through the process known as collective bargaining. Use our Union Finder tool to research the benefits of joining a union and to find the union most likely to be suited to you.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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