An employee has requested to use carer’s leave (of as yet unknown duration) to support his wife when she gives birth. Can he take unlimited carer’s leave (with a doctor’s certificate to cover the period) in this circumstance? He has 6 weeks’ accrued personal leave – can he use this instead?
Personal and carer’s leave comes under the same leave entitlements, known as personal/carer’s leave. There is no cap on the amount of personal/carer’s leave an employee may take. This will depend purely on the amount they have accrued. Once they have exhausted their accrued entitlement, the employee is entitled to a minimum of 2 days’ unpaid carer’s leave for each occasion the need arises.