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04/11/2011

Company initiatives for workers with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults

EF/11/47/EN
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2011 - doi:10.2806/29282 - ISBN 978-92-897-1046-6



This report describes over 50 cases of companies in 11 Member States that have adopted measures to support their employees with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults. Key initiatives by companies include: various types of leave; reduced working hours; and such supportive measures as information, counselling and practical support. The report concludes that: raising awareness is particularly important; that particularly effective approaches combine measures targeted at working carers, and measures that the entire workforce can avail of; that line managers have a pivotal role to play in supporting working carers; and that it is possible to create solutions that either avoid the need for employees to leave the job, or that enable them to return to work. 

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – K. Cullen (Work Research Centre, Dublin), K.Gareis (empirica, Bonn)
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