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Your rights at work as a carer

Work can provide you with financial security, time away, a sense of identity and help you maintain social contacts; however, managing work and care responsibilities can also be very challenging, so it’s important to find out how your employer might be able to help you and your legal rights at work. 

If you're balancing a paid job with caring, explore options which might make juggling work and care more manageable. A carer’s assessment might help you identify options. 

If you are considering giving up work or reducing your hours think about the implications such as, your future pension entitlement. 

Your Rights

The law gives everyone statutory rights, including the right to: 

  • request flexible working
  • time off in emergencies
  • protection from discrimination.

The gov.uk website has information about your your general employee rights and benefits you may be entitled to. 

Carers UK offer guidance about your statutory rights as a carer and provide a useful summary factsheet