Work and Families Act – Flexible Working.

 This extract is taken from the BBC online page on mental health.   The definition of nearest relative, paragraph 2, is interesting and broad – and may be helpful to those of  you who are working and caring.   The link to Directgov is included – para 4.

Your rights

Under the Work & Families Act, if you work and you’re the carer for an adult, you have the right to request flexible working patterns. This applies if you’re caring for an adult partner, spouse or civil partner, or near relative.

The definition for near relative includes parents, parents-in-law, adult children, adopted adult children, siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents and step-relatives.

You also have the right to request flexible working if you have a disabled child aged under 18.

Directgov has advice about how to apply for flexible working, which can include flexi-time, compressed hours and working at home.

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