What are your obligations as an employer? This can be a tricky area to get right and is often not understood by employers or employees. It is not likely that you will have to deal with this often. There are some requirements for the employee to meet and the employer can ask for the time off to be postponed to another time. Employees often get this confused with either flexible working requests or more likely when they have an emergency and need to take some time off. Time off for dependants is not for emergencies, it is planned time off. We can advise on individual requests or provide you with a policy for you for you to use.