The Compassionate, Dependant, Domestic and Personal Emergency Leave Policy, otherwise known as Special Leave, entitles members of staff to take time off to deal with unexpected and stressful circumstances and goes beyond the requirements of employment legislation.
This policy outlines the arrangements by which the University shall consider and approve requests for leave to deal with domestic or personal matters, or sudden problems concerning dependants. The University will act sensitively and sympathetically in such circumstances and acknowledge the benefits to both the University and its staff by applying this policy in a fair and reasonable manner.
- All staff are entitled to Special Leave where appropriate, regardless of length of service. This may be paid or unpaid.
- Compassionate Leave may be granted in the case of bereavement or serious or sudden illness affecting the member of staff or a dependant.
- Dependant Leave may be granted in the case of an emergency, illness, injury, incident or breakdown of care arrangements for the dependant of a member of staff.
- Domestic Leave may be granted in the case of a fire, flood, burglary, theft or other incident affecting the member of staff's home.
- Personal Emergency Leave may be granted in the case of sudden and serious personal difficulties.
Applications for Special Leave are subject to criteria outlined in the Compassionate, Dependant, Domestic and Personal Emergency Leave Policy (below). Please see the document for full terms and conditions.