Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Role of human resources, occupational health or union rep in addressing family/work issues

Chances are, the options and benefits available to you in the workplace as a family caregiver will not be obvious or well known, even to your supervisor or manager. Depending on your workplace, you will likely need to do some research about what benefits and options are available and how they apply to your situation.

The human resources department will have someone who can help you find out about benefits and entitlements under extended health care and dental plans, and the options for flexible work arrangements. However, when it comes to choosing what works best for you and your particular worksite, you may want to engage the assistance of the occupational health department and/or a union representative, if these individuals are available in your workplace, to help you come up with options. These people have experience developing and negotiating options to meet specific needs.