From offering flexible working and leave arrangements to providing training for line managers and information on how to access support, there are a number of ways employers can successfully support carers in the workplace.
According to recent research, one worker in eight is a carer, while almost one in six has had to take time off work or work irregular hours because of caring responsibilities. We set out five ways to support carers in the workplace.
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.
The law on time off work, including the prescribed reasons for which employers must permit employees to take a reasonable amount of time off work such as time off for dependants, for pregnant employees to attend ante-natal appointments, for adoption appointments, for public duties, for trade union officials to carry out certain duties and for workers to accompany a colleague to a disciplinary or grievance meeting.
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.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to time off for dependants.