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How to support carer employees

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
An ageing population and shifting demographics mean that three out of five of us will end up caring for someone at some stage. Indeed, the number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million over the next 30 years, according to a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report*. Carers are responsible for supporting relatives or friends…
New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in ten took just a single day away from the workplace to grieve. This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has shed light on…
Many carers worry about their ability to continue to do their job for their employer, about the impact which caring has on them on a daily basis and on their career prospects. Many have had to leave work altogether because of their caring role, with some being forced to choose between work and caring – and choosing to care for a parent to ensure that…
Insurance organisation, and Employers for Carers member, Aviva has introduced a carers policy and enhanced its bereavement leave benefit for its 16,000 UK-based employees. The carers policy, which became effective on 2 October 2017, enables full-time employees who have caring responsibilities to take up to 35 hours of paid leave per holiday year for planned events, such as to attend hospital appointments. The policy also…
One in eight people in the UK (6.5 million) are currently combining paid work with unpaid caring responsibilities. Article from Zara Ross, Chief Executive at Ben. Two thirds of these people work full time, and one third part time. This means that in any organisation employing 100 people, there are likely to be at least 12 carers. By 2037, it is predicted that there will…