I hope you may be able to help.

My friend has wrote a letter to his employer (of twenty years) requesting that he be able to go part time from February as his wife is due an operation and will need to be taken care of afterwards.

He gave them the letter today and they told him straight away that they could not do it as one person is currently off sick, another is due to go into hospital soon and someone else has a holiday booked.  It was either full time or leave!

I am not sure as to what to suggest for him to do next apart from go to Job Centre and see if he is entitled to get any help from them if he did have to leave his job.

Any suggestions or comments would be very much appreciated.