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.
If you are an employee but also have caring responsibilities for children, elderly relatives or dependants:
- You can apply for flexible working. Find out more in Acas guidance on The right to request flexible working
- You are entitled to time off for dependents to deal with unforeseen circumstances. Find out more on Time off for dependants
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:
- Maternity leave and pay
- Shared parental leave and pay
- Adoption leave and pay
- Paternity leave and pay
- Employment rights for fathers
- Parental Leave
If you have questions about the rights of parents or carers, as either an employer or employee you can contact the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100.
The Helpline provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
Customers with a hearing or speech impairment may prefer to contact us using the Text Relay service. You can contact the Acas Helpline using Text Relay by dialling 18001 0300 123 1100. Your questions will be relayed to the helpline adviser who answers the call and a real-time conversation will take place.
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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A lot of employers don't realise that they are following out-of-date practices.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.
Try the Acas Model Workplace.