7. Carers’ rights

Carers’ rights

3) Carer employment rights

Female call-centre worker and a chef chopping veg
In Scotland there are 243 000 carers in employment. 13 000 new strokes per year with 3000 occurring in people who are under 65.

Many carers struggle to work and care at the same time. The Work and Families Act 2006 and the Employment Rights Act 1996 give you three main rights.

  1. Right to request flexible working.
  2. Right to request time off in an emergency.
  3. Parental leave rights.

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