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Study urges more support and information, as experts suggest new legislation may be needed More than three in five employees (62 per cent) do not believe they have any colleagues who care for ill, older or disabled relatives – even though 1 in nine people in the workforce are now working carers, according to a new study. In the survey from Carers UK, published to…
We are delighted that a number of EfC members have been in touch with us about their plans for Carers Rights Day. These include: the Financial Ombudsman Service, Norton Rose Fulbright, the Northern Health & Social Care Trust, Oxfordshire County Council, Centrica, DWF, Age UK, the Home Office, Kirklees Council, Nationwide, Santander, DWP, the Bank of England, Bright Horizons, the Met Police, Surrey County Council,…
Need to know: Initiatives that facilitate peer-to-peer support, such as buddying, can be instrumental in helping parents manage the transition to working carer in light of their organisation’s policies and resources. Line managers should be provided with training to ensure they have effective conversations with employees undertaking maternity, paternity or shared parental leave. Flexible working initiatives, for example a phased return-to-work, can help new parents…
Having the right information at the right time can make a huge difference for carers in the workplace. The theme for Carers Rights Day 2017 is Make Connections, Get Support. Sign up to take part and help carers in your workplace get the advice and information they need.

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…