Business group Employers for Carers launched

Employers for Carers, a new government-backed business group, has been launched to help employers support carers in the workplace.

Membership to the group, which provides employers with practical advice and support on training, legal changes and policies such as flexible working, ranges from £500 to £2,000 a year depending on an organisation’s size.

BT, Unum, Lisatawood, the University of Leeds and PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the employers which have joined the group. Caroline Waters, director of people and policy for BT, and chair of Employers for Carers, said implementing carer-friendly policies, such as home working, had produced savings for BT, equal to £6,000 on infrastructure per home-working employee, with increased productivity and reduced turnover rates.