Looking after someone with a lung condition

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.

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Last medically reviewed: November 2015. Due for review: November 2018

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.