Carers' rights at work
There are currently over three million working carers in the UK. Work is important for well-being, income and to keep social contacts.
There are things you can do to cope with the pressures of work and care.
As a working carer you are likely to need a range of support in the workplace, and often different levels of support at different times - from access to a telephone to check on the person you can for, to leave arrangements to fit in with when someone is discharged from hospital.
The good news is that carers have some statutory rights and more and more employers are realising the benefits of supporting carers.
The Carers UK website has detailed information about:
- Statutory rights at work to help balance caring with work.
- Seeking support in the workplace
- Tell your employer about caring responsibilities
- Flexible working
- The Work & Families Act 2006, that gives carers rights to request flexible working.
- What to do if you're thinking of leaving work
- Your options if you leave your job
- Looking for work
- Returning to work
The 'your work health' website also has lots of information on carers rights in the workplace - what you can expect, what you are entitled to, and how to cope.