No. Employers can postpone the request but cannot reject it. Postponing the request must only be done if you believe that you 'reasonably consider that the operation of the business would be unduly disrupted' if the leave was approved. If postponed, employers must;

  • Agree to permit the employee to take a period of Carer's Leave of the same duration.
  • Consult the employee and confirm a new date on which the leave can be taken within one month of the original requested date.
  • Give employees notice in writing of the postponement with the reasons for this and the agreed date of when can the leave be taken. This notice must be provided to your employee within seven days of their original request.