According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are twice as likely to have poor health than those without caring responsibilities.
‘Working carers do have some legal rights. With the number of unpaid carers predicted to increase, employers may wish to go above and beyond these legal rights to support these employees and their wellbeing and to help retain them in the workforce,’ says Gillian Reid, a Solicitor in the employment team with Pearsons & Ward. Gillian runs through the legal rights, likely changes to the law and steps employers can take to support carers.
Flexible working requests
Employees have the right, once every 12 months, to request flexible working arrangements like part-time hours or…