As a Working Carer, you are likely to need a range of support at different times, from access to a telephone to check on the person you care for, to leave arrangements to deal with someone coming out of hospital. Many Carers simply need their employer to adopt a flexible, understanding approach to their situation.
How we can help you
Speaking with your employer is the first step to take but can be difficult if you are unsure whether they are likely to be supportive. We can help to support you in discussions with your employer and provide your employer with information ensuring that they are aware of their responsibilities to you as a Working Carer.
If you’re looking to return to employment or change direction in your career, we can offer you guidance and advice. We can help you action plan to reach your goals and prepare you for your new career path.
We know it can be difficult for Working Carers to access support whilst at work so we offer advice to Carers via email and telephone, or alternatively, our Employment Liaison Officer can arrange to meet you at a time and place to suit your needs.
Your rights as a Working Carer
As a Working Carer you might have the right to take some time off work, request a change in working hours or get some financial help to enable you to combine work and caring. As a Carer you have legal rights under the following legislation.
- The Work and Families Act 2006
From 30 June 2014 every employee has the statutory right to request flexible working after 26 weeks employment service.
- The Employment Rights Act 1996 as amended by the Employment Relations Act 1999
Employees have the right to take “reasonable” time off to deal with unexpected situations involving a dependant.
- The Equality Act 2010
This law will protect you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities. This is because you are ‘associated’ with someone who is protected by law because of their age or disability.
- Carer Act 2014
This places a duty on local authorities to promote an individual’s well-being and to provide Carers with a Carers Assessment of their needs.
- Parental leave
Help available to Carers
South Lakeland Carers offers a range of services to Carers. Find out more.