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Carers Week

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2019 at 12:18 pm

10th-17th June is Carers Week, raising awareness of the challenges carers face day to day.

Research by Carers UK shows that 600 people a day leave the workforce to provide care for a loved one. 5 million people juggle caring responsibilities with paid work. And the numbers are increasing.

Those in their thirties to fifties, known as the ‘sandwich generation’ may be balancing caring for elderly parents while also bringing up children and working.

How carer-friendly is your business? Do you have policies in place to support those who wish to more flexibly?

Carers who meet the qualifying criteria can make a request for flexible working and can also ask for ‘time off for dependants’ to cover an emergency or unforeseen circumstances. It is at the discretion of the employer whether this time off is paid or unpaid. Some employers offer further support such as carers leave or flexible leave situations when a more intensive period of care is required. Even simple adjustments such as allowing an employee to make a phone call can make a big difference to their ability to be in work.

If you would like help reviewing your employment policies please get in touch – 01462 732444

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