In Australia, most organisations allow paid time off known as Carer’s Leave for staff to care for immediate family members.
Carer’s leave is normally deducted from the employee’s personal sick leave balance.
We’re a kind caring bunch, aren’t we 🙂
And no, caring for your pet does NOT count as ‘immediate family’ no matter how much you love them.
You can learn more about Sick and Carer’s Leave on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.