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Cortest Ltd v O'Toole - the right to reasonable time off work for dealing with emergencies affecting dependants does not extend to a month off to be their carer - EAT 7.11.07

This was a factually complex case but the key fact is that Mr O'Toole was dismissed having taken a month off work to look after his young family when his wife urgently needed time away for her own health. The employment tribunal found the dismissal automatically unfair because it was due to Mr O'Toole having exercised his rights under Employment Rights Act 1996 sec 57A to take time off to look after dependants. Cortest appealed.

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