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 The right to request flexible working
- are entitled to Time off for dependants to deal with unforeseen circumstances.
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:
- Statutory Maternity Leave and Pay
- Shared parental leave and pay
- Adoption leave and pay
- Paternity leave and pay
- Employment rights for fathers
- Parental Leave
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