Giving up work completely if you're a carer
Some people will consider giving up work completely to care for someone. This may have a big effect on your life in a number of ways so it’s something you need to think about carefully before making a decision.
Giving up work permanently will affect your finances - not only your income, but also your pension and any employee benefits you’re entitled to.
It can be isolating as you will lose the regular contact you had with your work colleagues. It may also be difficult to keep your skills up to date and get back into the job market later on.
Before giving up work you may want to consider the following questions:
Would requesting flexible working help you to manage juggling work and care?
Could you take a paid or unpaid break from work to think about your options?
Would taking a career break help?
You may want to learn more about your rights as an employee and carer before making any decision. You may also find it helpful to talk to a financial expert.
For some people, early retirement may be possible and may be an advantage, but it may also leave you worse off financially, so get specialist advice first to see if you would benefit.
The Equality Act 2010
On 1 October 2010 the Equality Act replaced previous discrimination laws in England, Scotland and Wales – including the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) - bringing them together under one piece of legislation. People who live in Northern Ireland are still protected by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Please note the Equality Act introduces new rights for carers. We have further information on the Equality Act and your rights as an employee, or you can call us for advice.