If you’re juggling work with looking after someone, you’re not alone – there are thousands like you in Bedfordshire
This section takes you through your rights at work, including flexible working, taking time off and protection from discrimination.
Requesting flexible leave
If you need to combine work with your caring responsibilities, it may be possible for you to request a flexible working arrangement to help. Examples of such arrangements are:
When requesting flexible working it’s important to:
If you’re managing work alongside your caring responsibilities, finding a good balance isn’t always easy and can become quite a juggling act. But taking time off from work when you need to prioritise someone’s caring needs shouldn’t be a source of stress or worry.
Employees have the legal right to take a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with an emergency involving someone who relies on you for help (as a dependant).
This could include your spouse, partner, child, parent, or others who depend upon you. Whether the time off is paid or not is at the discretion of your employer.
There is professional advice you can seek if you feel that you are being treated unfairly or if your employer is making this difficult for you. Citizens Advice provides good guidance on this, as well as outlining your options for other scenarios where you might need to take time off.