5th June 2017Category: General
On Monday 12th June, 7-8pm, we will be hosting #CumbriaHour on Twitter and asking local businesses:
Why is it important to support carers in the workplace?
We will be providing them with ideas and suggestions for making their business carer friendly.
This event is in connection to carers week, a national campaign to bring awareness of unpaid carers in the community. This year carers week is 12th-18th June 2017.
There are lots of reasons why organisations and businesses should support carers and below are a few examples:
Changing demographics and an ageing population mean that 3 in 5 people will end up caring for someone at some point in their lives. The number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years.
In the current economic climate, there has never been a more important time to focus on the benefits of retaining skilled workers. Supporting staff means a healthier and more productive workforce rather than incurring the costs of recruiting and retraining new staff. The peak age for unpaid caring is 45-64, arguably the time when many employees will have gained vital skills and knowledge and be a valuable asset to their workplace.
Carers also develop a range of skills as a result of their caring role which employees may not be fully aware of. Examples such as; negotiation, time management, multi-tasking, liaison with professionals and advocacy. Therefore, keeping carers in the workplace ensures the skills are used to the benefit of all.
The right to request flexible working
All employees who have worked for their employer for more than 26 weeks have the right to make one application per year for flexible working. Types of flexible working include flexitime, work from home, and reduce hours or job-sharing.
The right to unpaid time off in emergencies
This gives an employee the right to a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off work to deal with immediate situations, such as a breakdown in care.
The right to parental leave
If an employee has a minimum of one year’s continuous service with their employer, and are a Parent Carer of a child under 18, they are entitled to a total of 18 weeks of unpaid leave per child.
The right not to be discriminated against or harassed
If you are looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, the law - under the Equality Act 2010 - will protect you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities. This is because you are counted as being 'associated' with someone who is protected by the law because of their age or disability.
More information can be found on the ‘Your Rights’ page within our working and caring section - Click Here
If you have any other suggestions and would like to take part in the discussions, join us during #CumbriaHour on Monday 12th June, 7pm to 8pm. Just click here to join in on the conversation.