Caring, employment and work
If you work, it’s a good idea to tell your employer that you are a carer.
It will help you and your employer if they understand your role and the potential impact it may have on your work.
You have a number of work-related rights if you have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks. These include:
- the right to request flexible working
- time off in emergencies (compassionate leave)
- parental leave if you have a child
These rights may not apply if you work part-time or are employed through an agency.
You are also protected against discrimination and harassment because of your caring responsibilities, under the Equality Act 2010.