7. Carers’ rights

Carers’ rights

7) Returning to work

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There may come a time when you want to return to work. It can be difficult to balance work and your carer role. The following information could help you to make choices and be more aware of what you can ask your employer.

2. Right to request time off in an emergency.

Occasionally there will be unforeseen situations such as a formal carer cancelling a visit or an episode of illness when you will need to take some time off to make alternative arrangements.

The amount of reasonable time you will be allowed is at the discretion of your employer. This time off may or may not be paid leave, again at the discretion of your employer. You may have to take some longer periods as annual leave. Check the details in your contract or ask human resources.

3. Parental Leave

Many stroke carers also have dependent children and arranging care can be a problem. If your child is under the age of five or is under eighteen with a disability you can ask for parental leave. You must give your employer twenty four days notice of your intention to take parental leave so it cannot be used in an emergency.

Anti discrimination laws also now apply to carers of disabled people. If you feel you have been discriminated against because of your care role seek advice.

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