How can employers help?

As an employer, how do you accommodate employees with a child affected by a primary immunodeficiency? Alex Rook, Associate Solicitor at legal firm Irwin Mitchell, who advises Genetic Disorders UK, suggests the following:

  • Be understanding and flexible where possible – small things, such as access to a telephone in case of emergencies, can make a big difference to someone caring for a disabled child.
  • Consider providing an advice pack for carers or a carers’ policy.
  • Have an open approach to flexible working arrangements where possible.
  • Where flexible working arrangements are available, clearly worded policies will help employees understand the options available to them.
  • In larger organisations, provision of a counselling service may be possible.
  • Encourage understanding among the workforce generally using training and policies, and zero tolerance of any form of discrimination.

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