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Your rights at work

Combining your caring role with work can be a real challenge. As a carer, you have additional employment rights. It is important to know what support is available if you are having problems juggling responsibilities.

Many carers who are of working age are in paid employment. Trying to manage both work and your caring role can be a real challenge, but the government is trying to find ways to make this easier.

The right to time off

The government has said that carers in paid work have the right to take time off to deal with a family emergency. If you would like advice about problems at work or your caring responsibilities please refer to the contacts at the bottom of the page.

Flexible working

This is a national government campaign to encourage employers and workers to change working patterns. The idea is that our working hours could be more flexible. This would help people who need to manage both their work and out of work responsibilities. You could talk to your employer to see if flexible working is possible.

Remember: you will need to discuss any changes to your working hours or time off with your employer.

Useful contacts

Carers of Barking and Dagenham
Address: 334 Heathway, Dagenham, RM10 8NJ
Phone: 020 8593 4422
Web: www.carerscentre.org.uk
Email: carers@carerscentre.org.uk

Princess Royal Trust for Carers
Web: www.carers.org

For help and advice about working and caring visit;

www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice

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