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As employers and HR personnel you have a role to play in helping your employees maintain both a professional and personal balance. The information guides below provide the needed direction and tools to help you navigate the changing workplace.
The following guides will help you get started and understand the first steps you need to take to help support your caregiving employees.
(Canadian Human Rights Commission, 2014)
This toolkit is a great starting point for employers looking to understand their responsibilities to their caregiving employees.
This brief guide reviews relevant legal information on discrimination against caregivers in the workplace, including the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can get an overview of legal responsibilities as an employer and your duty to accomodate. The toolkit also outlines a simple 3 step process to accommodating employee's caregiving obligations, and explains what employers and employees are responsible for.
(Family Caregivers Network, 2013)
This is a more comprehensive guide for employers and employees. Find out how you can support your caregiving employees, how to create a caregiver-friendly workplace, and how to develop an action plan.
This toolkit will help you to calculate the costs of caregiving in your organization and learn how being a family caregiver affects your employees. Helpful tips and guidelines are given for creating a caregiving-friendly workplace, along with a checklist you can use to determine how supportive your business currently is for your employees. You will also find examples of what other businesses, in Canada, the U.K. and the United States, are doing to support their caregiving employees.
(AARP, National Alliance for Caregiving, Pfizer)
This toolkit will help you be a corporate leader for employed caregivers! The guide provides an overview of the key issues of employed caregivers in the workforce, and offers basic tools that you can use in your business including an eldercare calculator and a "When Work Works" toolkit.
This guide carefully reviews four targeted steps that human resources directors and frontline managers can take to begin better supporting the growing population of employed caregivers. The clear step-by-step guide offers suggestions on how to respond to the disclosure of caregiving employees, and how to create and evaluate a plan to support caregiving employees in your workforce.
The report provides up-to-date statistics and facts about caregiving in Canada, and is a great introductory guide for employees wanting to learn more about caregiving employees in the Canadian workforce.
The information provided helps to enlighten workplace leaders about the increasing number of caregiving employees and the realitities and effects of caregiving. The report also empowers managers to put policy into practice by championing flexible work arrangements and support programs for caregiving employees.
(Government of Canada, 2015)
This report presents findings and insights from consultations on workplace practices for assisting employee caregivers, and provides recommendations for Canadian businesses interested in becoming more supportive of their caregiving employees.
The is a great guide for employers looking for a more detailed analysis of caregiving in Canada. The report gives excellent examples of challenges facing company's and practical solutions to managing the problem. A variety of creative solutions are given that would fit almost any company regardless of size and compostion. The "Resource Toolbox" provided is a great inventory of employer-led flexible workplace practices that support employed caregivers.
(Government of Canada, 2015)
Find federal, provincial and some municipal information about the services, benefits, programs and initiatives relevant to caregivers in Alberta.
With national and provincial information, this guide is a great navigational tool with lots of easily accessible information that you can use to learn about caregivers at work and that you can refer your employees to. This guide is a great starting point to understanding the challenges faced by working caregivers, but does not offer direct solutions for the issues.
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