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Your rights in work

If you're juggling work with looking after someone, you're not alone - there are 5 million working carers in the UK.

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

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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.

In this section, we're providing guidance about your statutory rights as a working carer. However, it's 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: For further information about your general rights, see the website.

For a summary of your statutory rights, you can also take a look at our factsheet Your rights in work. (This is due to be updated in early 2022.)

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