Carers who need more than four weeks’ additional leave should consider the ‘career break’ scheme which allows unpaid leave of up to 12 months to be requested. Carers who have a long-term need for reduced working should consider making a flexible working application to request part-time working (on a permanent or temporary basis).
Carers who need some additional flexibility to deal with caring responsibilities may want to enquire whether their department offers the additional annual leave scheme through which up to 10 days’ additional annual leave can be arranged, paid for by an appropriate reduction in salary.
For staff who have suffered a bereavement separate arrangements apply (parents who lose a child under the age of 18 are also entitled to parental bereavement leave).
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