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The emphasis on work-life balance has traditionally focused on childcare yet there is increasing evidence that the issue of supporting working carers of older adults is becoming significant for employers. This report examines how working carers in public sector organisations combine their roles and responsibilities as employees and carers. The report describes the demographic and policy context of juggling work and family life, and details the policies and practices adopted to assist employees with caring responsibilities. The awareness, use and benefit to employee carers of such policies and practices are highlighted through a series of interviews with carers and managers. Policy and practice issues are also discussed.Family and Work seriesThis major new series of reports explores the impact of work on families and examines the way in which employers respond in policy and practice. This series is aimed at policy makers in central and local government, managers in business, academics, students and professionals with an interest in human resource management and industrial relations, and all those with an interest in work and family life.For other titles in this series, please follow the series link from the main catalogue.
About the Author
Judith Phillips, Department of Applied Social Sciences, University of Swansea, Miriam Bernard, School of Criminology, Education, Sociology and Social Work, Keele University and Minda Chittenden, School of Social Relations, Keele University