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.

Am I a Carer?

 

Do you help a family member, friend or neighbour who:

  • is frail
  • has a disability
  • has a chronic illness and/or
  • has a mental illness
  • has a substance misuse problem with drugs or alcohol

and this is not your paid job?

 

Please tick as many of these statements that apply to you

Is this help regular and ongoing?

Does this help involve showering, toileting, dressing or other personal care?
Does this help involve cleaning, cooking, shopping, transport and/or assistance with bills or other paperwork?

Does this help involve medication or other health care

Would this person have difficulty managing on their own if you could not provide regular and ongoing support?

Do you need to provide emotional support regularly?

Do you combine paid work with caring responsibilities?

If you can tick any of these you are a Carer.

 

 

For support and information contact Supporting Working Carers

email swc@northamptonshire-carers.org

or call 01933 677907