Working with carers Working carers and employers Carers in employment 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 to work from home or change your hours. Your employer does not have to accept these requests but they must consider them. Their response may depend on the type of work you do and the needs of the business. All employees have the right to unpaid time off in an emergency and Carers cannot legally be discriminated against. Your employer may have a HR/personnel department and there may be a trade union that can also advise you on your rights. We are also working with employers make them more aware and flexible towards Carers and encourage them to sign up for the Carer Friendly Employers Accreditation Scheme. Useful Guides Carers Trust: Working for Carers factsheets Skills for Care: Balancing work and care, a Carer’s guide The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS): Making a flexible working request Carers UK: Getting Support at Work Feel free to contact us for further details regardless of whether you are an employee, employer or wanting to return to work.