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30 April 2007

Helping reps to build on new legal rights for carers
There are an estimated three million workers in the UK who care for dependent adults. In effect, they have to juggle two jobs ? and employers should be taking action to make this as easy as possible. Carers need the same opportunities to get a job or stay in work as everyone else, regardless of their responsibilities outside work.

The availability of flexible working and paid dependency leave is the key to ensuring that employees with caring responsibilities can work and continue to be effective in the workplace - and from this month, carers have a new legal right to request flexible working under the Work and Families Act 2006.

LRD's new booklet, Carers in the workplace - a guide to negotiating flexible working and leave, looks at the options that can be negotiated to meet carers' needs. It also:

* examines why workers with caring responsibilities need specific workplace agreements and policies dedicated to them, and why employers should provide them;
* uses case studies and examples of workplace policies to highlight good practice and its beneficial effects on carers;
* details union initiatives in this area; and
* sets out the legislation and procedure involved in exercising the new legal rights to request flexible working.

At 48 pages, Carers in the workplace - a guide to negotiating flexible working and leave is a valuable resource for union reps and others seeking to achieve equality at work.

?2Notes for editors

1. Carers in the workplace - a guide to negotiating flexible working and leave is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.90 or ?12.00 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?35.75 (?82.85 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded more than 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries about this booklet, contact Jerry Pinel on 020 7902 9813. To order copies of the booklet, telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk

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