The Government has launched a call for evidence seeking views on barriers to returning to work after taking time out of the workplace due to caring responsibilities.
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 model letter to respond to an employee's request for time off for foster carer duties.
Latest XpertHR research explores how employers support employees with caring responsibilities, including how they deal handle requests for flexible working and leave.
Good practice guidance discussing the steps that employers can take to engage employees who have caring responsibilities.