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Parents and carers

Parents, and other people who combine work with caring for dependents, have some specific rights protected by law. These include various types of leave and the right to be considered for flexible working.

Carers

If you are an employee but also have caring responsibilities for children, elderly relatives or dependants you:

Parents

Parents are also entitled to time off for dependents and The right to request flexible working.

There is more information about the rights of parents on the other pages within this section:

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Acas Model Workplace

Acas' free online tool - the Acas Model Workplace is designed to help organisations check that they have the right people management policies in place.

Of those who have used the Acas online tool, more than a quarter (28%) said that it had made them aware of an area where their organisation was not complying with the law (through incorrect people policies and procedures).

A lot of employers don't realise that they are following out-of-date practices. Or that they need to introduce new policies to comply with employment legislation. Further findings from the survey of employers show that 55% actively changed practices based on what they found when using the Acas Model Workplace tool.

This tool is free to use. Why not take a few minutes to check your policies and procedures today.

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