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Who Cares at Work? Ten things every employer should know about carers

Posted: 15th May 2014   In: Business Employment, Individual Employment

There are 3 million people in the UK who combine work with care. This is set to rise significantly due mainly to an ageing population. 1 in 5 adults has seen their work impacted as a result of their caring obligations, especially those aged 45 to 64.

Productivity, attendance and stress levels can suffer when employees are juggling the demands of work and care. As an employer how do you manage this when you have the competing needs of other employees and a business to manage too?

Many employers are unaware of their legal obligations towards employee carers.  

Who is a carer?
What rights do carers have to confidentiality and privacy?
What rights do carers have to time off?
What right do carers have to work flexibly?
What protection do carers have from disciplinary action, dismissal, discrimination harassment and victimisation at work

For more information on being a carer, either as an employee or employers, please contact Jackie Cuneen on [email protected]  You can also read Jackie's article 'Who cares at work? Ten things every employer should know about carers' which appeared in Personnel Today in June 2014

Posted by: Jackie Cuneen
Employment
Luton Office