Working Carers: being an employee
If you are currently working and caring, it may feel like a juggling act at times.
For many carers being in paid work as well as caring can be emotionally as well as financially beneficial but it can come with its own challenges.
You don’t have to tell your employer that you are a carer but many issues can be resolved through informal discussions. To begin with, you could talk with your line manager or HR department to find out if they can offer you support.
Carers have legal rights which may help them to deal with the demands of caring:
- the right to request flexible working
- the right to time off in emergencies
- the right not to be discriminated against or harassed under the Equality Act 2010
- the right to parental leave
As well as statutory rights you may have more generous contractual rights, check with your HR department or read your contract to find out if you have any additional rights.
Support from York Carers Centre
We can help if you would like someone to liaise with your employer on your behalf, provide information to support you in appeals or disciplinary action, or generally raise awareness of carers in the workplace. We may be able to offer training for your employers, and work place drop-ins for carers. Whatever the issue with your employer might be, it is often really useful to have an informal chat and find out more about your options. If any of the above is of interest to you, please contact Shirley at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01904 715490 or via the contacts page. If you cannot phone during office hours there is an evening Advice Line 5 to 8pm on Wednesdays.
www.macmillan.org.uk/carers Macmillan offer specific advice to those caring for someone with cancer.
www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1362 Parent and carer leave entitlements
www.workingfamilies.org.uk/advice-information/ Working families advice and information
www.gov.uk/carers-allowance/eligibility Government guidelines on Carers Allowance