We are all familiar with the concept of family rights such as a maternity/adoption leave, shared parental leave and time off for dependents but four-legged friends are viewed by many as just as much part of the family as children. 

So, is an employee entitled to take time off work to care for their pet? Well the short answer is usually no. 

A number of companies have a "bring your dog to work" policy but that is usually as far as employers go. However, one company has gone further and introduced an entitlement to a week of paid time off work to allow their employees to settle a new dog into their home. Will this be a practice that we see other employers adopting?