Updated to include information on a Government consultation on returning to work after time out caring for children or other family members.
The UK's social care crisis was a hot topic during this month's general election, serving to highlight the growing number of people who have to juggle work with caring responsibilities. Steve Herbert, head of benefits strategy at Jelf Employee Benefits, looks at how employers can support staff who are carers.
The Government has launched a call for evidence to gather information to develop a new strategy to support carers.
A model policy to set out your organisation's support for employees with caring responsibilities. The policy explains: who counts as a carer; flexible working arrangements; carers who need to deal with a crisis; and other support for carers. The policy stresses that line managers are key to implementing the carers policy.
A model policy outlining an organisation's approach to supporting foster carers, which deals with notification requirements, time off to care for new foster children, time off for dependants, parental leave, adoption leave and flexible working.
A table summarising the compensation payable for breaches of time off rights.
A model request for statutory time off form.
A table setting out the statutory rights to time off work.
A model letter turning down or modifying an employee's request for compassionate leave.
A model letter agreeing to an employee's request for compassionate leave.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off for dependants.