Discrimination at work
You are protected from discrimination because of your caring responsibilities. For more information about taking action if you feel you have been treated unfairly at work because of your caring responsiblities see the Citizens Advice Discrimination at work pages.
Flexible working arrangements
Employees can legally apply for flexible working if they’ve worked continuously for the same employer for the last 26 weeks. It’s known as ‘making a statutory application.’
This right can be asked for, but employers do not have to grant requests for flexible working.
ACAS outlines the process on its website and gives information about what you can do to progress an application.
Unpaid time off for emergencies
Carers have the right to take unpaid time off work to support the cared-for person in the case of an emergency – there is no requirement to have worked for an employer for a minimum amount of time.
Employment Law can be complex and it is a good idea to get further advice and information – especially if you are considering requesting flexible working arrangements.
A carer may be eligible for Government Benefits related to their caring role – find out more about these Benefits