Working with carers Carers and work Legal rights for employees If you are trying to balance caring with paid employment, you have rights that should be respected. Advice is available should this be an issue for you. The main right for most employees is the right to request flexible working. Such as the right to work from home or change your hours. Your employer does not have to accept but they must be considered. Their response may depend on the type of work you do and the needs of the business. As with any employee you may have rights to unpaid time off in an emergency. Carers can not legally be discriminated 'by association' if a loved one has a disability. Depending on your employee, you may have a HR department or trade union that can also advise you on your rights and some companies have contractual benefits that are better than legal http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1362rights. We are also working with employers to encourage them to be more flexible for Carers and appreciative of the importance of allowing Carers to maintain a career. Further resources Skills for Care have produced two useful guides, one for Carers and the other for employers, please download: Balancing work and care, a Carer’s guide The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) also produce a useful guide. This can be a complicated subject but Carer UK provide a useful factsheet on the subject. We are also working with employers to encourage them to be more flexible for Carers and appreciative of the importance of allowing Carers to maintain a career. Feel free to contact us for further details regardless of whether you are an employee, employer or wanting to return to work.