“Employers should be aware of the wider protection against discrimination employees will now enjoy.
Employees with caring responsibilities for the disabled and elderly already have rights to request flexible working and to reasonable time off to deal with emergencies in respect of dependents. In addition to heeding these rights, to avoid age and/or disability discrimination claims employers must now ensure that such employees are not treated less favourably because of their caring responsibilities.
Employers who may not be aware of their employee’s caring responsibilities should encourage employees to provide such information from the outset of employment and ensure that open lines of communication are maintained so they can keep abreast of the extent of the employee’s caring responsibilities, which may change over time”
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