Emerging Practice

To date the published research on employer initiatives for workers with caring responsibilities has tended to be dominated by the US and to a lesser extent the UK although there…
Sectoral collective agreements: examples The role of collective agreements in regard to work-family provisions varies considerably across EU Member States. In some countries, they play little or no role, whereas…
Within the EU long term leave (or temporary withdrawal from the workplace) can range from a few months to a few years to enable carers to take time out to…
Many carers may prefer the less radical option of part time working than taking complete leave. Data from a Eurofound survey of working time preferences in 16 EU countries (in…
Within EU countries: Overall the majority of working carers in Europe combine caring with more or less full time working. For them (and also for part time workers in some…
Interruptions at work (e.g. having to take/make phone calls about caring or even to leave the workplace to address an urgent issue) are another common experience of carers. US research…
Results from an earlier Eurofound survey (1998) suggest that teleworking (or at least occasionally) may be of relevance for many carers although the data suggests that combining work and family…
United States: Based on available evidence, the Eurofound survey (Company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults: Working paper, 2010) found that US companies (especially larger…
Toolkits for managers and staff (health insurer, Netherlands) The company provides training to line managers on working and caring issues, including examples of good practice identified through internal research that…
Survey of working carers in cooperation with carer NGO (local authority, Ireland) In cooperation with a carer NGO, the employer conducted an online survey of the workforce to: assess the…
Ambassador’ promoting carer-friendly employment (health insurance company, Netherlands) The company has become an official ‘ambassador’ for the promotion of working carer-friendly employment in the Netherlands. Being an ambassador requires the…
Carers' policies - different approaches: Extensive/multidimensional approach (insurance company, Netherlands) This company was one of the first to be officially recognised in the Netherlands as being an employer who takes…