Parental leave is available to give parents of children, including adopted children, the right to take a period of time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child's welfare. Parents can use it to spend more time with children and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments. Further guidance can be found in the Parental Leave Guidelines.
In addition, employees have the right to take reasonable time off during working hours where action is necessary by the employee to deal with crisis incidents affecting dependents. A dependent for these purposes can be defined as the individual's parent, partner, child or another person who may reasonably rely on the employee for care. Further details may be found in the Time Off Work Guidelines.