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Your statutory rights in work

If you are juggling work with looking after someone, you are not alone - there are three million working carers in the UK.

Juggling work and care can be very challenging, so it’s important to find out about your rights.

Your rights in work come from two sources:

  • the law gives you ‘statutory rights’ which everyone has
  • your contract of employment gives you ‘contractual rights’ which can be more generous than statutory rights

This information is about statutory rights, however it is always worth checking your contract of employment, staff handbook, HR policies or letter of appointment to see if you have any contractual rights on top of your statutory rights.

Note: The information in this section does not cover all of your statutory rights – it just covers the rights that may be of interest to you as a carer. For information on more of your statutory rights you can view the gov.uk website.

For a summary of the statutory rights in work which may be of interest to you as a carer download our factsheet 'Your rights in work'.

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