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Thinking Ahead is a free online resource that aims to prepare people for the potential costs involved in caring for a family member or loved one, and highlights key issues for carers in work. It explains what sources of support are available and steps that can be taken to reduce the financial impact of caring. It has been developed through the Money Advice Service’s What…
The Government Equalities Office is to shift its focus to helping women who are economically inactive or are in low-paid or low-skilled jobs achieve a better economic outcome. Penny Mordaunt, minister for women and equalities, will today announce a drive to better support women who are “trapped into limiting their hours or income”; are economically inactive because of caring responsibilities; or are in lower paid…
Centrica, member of Employers for Carers, estimates that UK companies could save up to £4.8 billion a year in unplanned absences and a further £3.4 billion in improved employee retention by adopting flexible working policies to support those with caring responsibilities. According to Carers UK, one in eight adults are informal carers, meaning they provide unpaid care for a friend or family member. With over…
For International Stress Awareness Day, Hannah Parsons, a solicitor at DAS Law, takes a look at what the law says your employer needs to do about stress. The responsibilities of your employer Your employer has a ‘duty of care’ towards you (and all employees), which means that they must do their best to prevent you from coming to harm in the workplace. As well as…
As World Mental Health Day was celebrated globally on October 10th, this presents a great opportunity for employers to look inwards and assess whether they have the right support in place for their staff. With one in six people experiencing a mental health issue in a given week, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace can no longer be ignored. Here, Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at…