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Balancing Work and Care

Working as well as caring for someone can be a lot to handle at once. But knowing your rights and the possible options for flexible working could help.


If you've been working for your employer for six months, you have the right to request flexible working arrangements to help you fulfil your responsibilities. Flexible working arrangements could help you find a work pattern that suits your caring role and gives you more time to take care of yourself too.


You can make one request for flexible working per year. Though your employer doesn't have to say yes, they need a sound business reason for saying no, and, if needs be, you can ask again the following year.


Your employer might suggest a trial of flexible working before making any arrangements permanent to see how it works for the organisation and for you.


Flexible working might involve:


Working compressed hours - This is when you work the same number of hours but over fewer days – such as 8am to 6pm over four days rather than 9am to 5pm over five days.


Changing your working hours - Perhaps you could start work earlier or finish later to help you with your caring responsibilities.


Part-time working or job sharing - This is when you share your job with another colleague and split the hours between the two of you.


Location flexible working - Perhaps you could work from home all or part of the time, be on call from wherever you want to be based, or work in different branches of your organisation if you sometimes need to be near a relative, care home or hospital.

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