Emergency and other short absence leave
For urgent, unforeseen or special personal circumstances, the employee is entitled to emergency or other short absence leave. Depending on the situation, the leave can vary from a few hours to a few days. Examples include the situation where the employee has to take his or her child out of school because the child has suddenly become ill, a doctor’s visit that cannot be planned outside working hours, a burst water pipe or the employee’s partner giving birth. The employee is also entitled to leave fulfilling a legal or government-imposed obligation during working hours, for example if the employee is obliged to appear in court.
The employer may not refuse a reasonable request for emergency leave or other short-term absence leave. The employer may however ask the employee afterwards to demonstrate that the leave was necessary.
During emergency and other short absence leave the employer must continue salary payment, and the employee continues to accrue holidays.
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