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Woman’s employer deemed her daughter to be a bigger priority than her job; lawyers advise caution when dismissing staff with caring responsibilities. Employers should “proceed with caution” when dismissing staff who are carers, lawyers have warned, after a tribunal ruled that a woman with a disabled daughter was discriminated against. Maria McKeith, who had been working part time at community advice service the Ardoyne Association…
Line managers routinely overestimate how well their workplace supports mental health and wellbeing. Only a third (34%) of workers who have experienced a mental health problem in the past five years felt well-supported by their manager, according to research from the Mental Health Foundation and Unum. The research surveyed 2,019 adults, including 644 line managers who had not experienced mental health problems and 1,265 workers…
A woman who campaigns to improve the life of carers has received a CBE from Princess Anne. Heléna Herklots, from Hay-on-Wye, was presented with the award for services to carers at Buckingham Palace recently. Chief Executive of Carers UK since 2012, Heléna has worked for 25 years on ageing and older people’s issues. From working with older people and their families in day centres and…
Employers for Carers member Transport for London have launched a ‘Please offer me a seat’ badge and card for people who find it difficult to stand when using public transport. The badge and accompanying card were created following requests from customers who struggle to get a seat, as their need is not immediately obvious. The badge and card remove the awkwardness of customers having to…
Organisations continue to seek creative ways to support their workforce, especially when it comes to fine-tuning the balance between an employee’s home and working life, recognising the commitments that employees may have outside of work, and the potential impact these could have in the workplace. In February 2017, for example, social media organisation Facebook introduced a suite of alternative leave arrangements to provide staff with…