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Carers UK Forum • Carers rights in employment.
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Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:43 am
by tinkq
I just wanted to know how everyone thinks employers view carers rights.

my mum is also a carer and recently quit her job because of how her employer treated her, He has said numerous times "if your a carer, you shouldn't work"
but it wasn't financially possible for her to quit, or something she wanted to do anyway.

she's a very active little woman, constantly on the go, making sure everyone's alright.

having a job was a massive thing for her, she delivered meals to elderly people and loved dropping into these peoples homes and chatting with them, getting to know them and interacting with people who generally didn't see people very often as they lived alone and families we're busy.

Does anyone have similar experiences where employers didn't care about their rights as a carer? My mums employer laughed about them saying what a joke they were.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:49 pm
by Sassy
I think you'll find that this is unfair dismissal. Even though your mother "left of her own free will", she was made to feel unable to continue working in her current capacity because of the employer's bad attitude and outright discrimination.

She needs to go see her local CAB and tell them what's happened and that she wishes to sue for unfair dismissal on those grounds.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:59 pm
by Maxi
As ever,legislation which is supposed to giver carers rights,has no meaning if the attitude towards carers is poor in the workplace.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:17 pm
by charles47
Maxi, that's generally true only if people don't know their rights. And of course they don't.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:24 am
by Scally
Some do know their rights, some dont. But the system is set up for us to fail because it is so complicated.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:13 am
by charles47
Sorry about the generalisation, Scally. But the truth is most people have no idea what their rights are and unless someone tells them, they carry on without the support they need.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:24 pm
by Maxi
as a carer,and part-time worker,I just feel,rightly or wrongly,that whatever my rights might be in the workplace,as a carer,if I had to press them,Im too weary to bother if it came to it.Working and being a carer is enough.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:09 pm
by Melly1
Hi Tinq.
I'm a carer who works and juggling the two is hard, but I'd be committed if I did not work too ... (though would like to work one less day.) I exercised carers rights for flexible working and now work 4 days instead of 5. I followed protocol I had read about on the internet and this meant my boss had to research how to act and follow protocol too and working one less day has really helped. I also use carers rights to ensure I leave meetings that don't finish on time - so that I'm home in time for S etc

Only carers appreciate what it is like to be a carer and legislation is not well known. Knowledge is power however. But as Maxi says, we are often to exhausted to fight in yet another battle.

Your Mum sounded brilliant at her job so everyone is missing out on her boss being so non-understanding. It would be worth her seeking advice either to see if she can get her job back and if she doesn't want that, then unfair dismal ruling or whatever, so that future employers realise she was not at fault.

Melly1

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:18 pm
by Maxi
It is heartening to read that some employers do meet carers needs.

Re: Carers rights in employment.

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:46 am
by charles47
The public sector as a whole has lots of policies supporting carers working for them, and so do some larger private sector companies. The problem is that sometimes those policies don't filter down to the staff concerned via their lower level managers, and they have to do a little digging to find out what their rights are.

Some employers don't know what rights carers have: it's easy to miss legislation on issues like that as a relatively small employer, and too many employers are still unaware of carers' issues, let alone the legislation.