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Your employee is a caregiver: these are the types of leave

This information is provided by:Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, SZWMinistry of Social Affairs and Employment, SZWNederlandse versie

An increasing number of employees is a caregiver (mantelzorger in Dutch). Read how you can make it easier for your employees to combine their care duties with their job. For example, they may use several legal types of leave. Or they can work flexible hours.

What is mantelzorg?

One in 4 employees is a caregiver or mantelzorger. This means that they provide care for someone close to them who is ill. Or for someone who needs extra care. This unpaid help goes beyond lending a hand. Caregiving can impact their job.

It is expected that the need for caregiving will grow until 2040. It is likely that there are caregivers among your presonnel, too. If you make good arrangements to balance work and care, it is more likely that your employee will be able to keep doing their job well.

Leave schemes for caregivers

There are several legal leave schemes to support employees in combining care and work:

What can you do for your caregiver employee?

See how you can help your employee:

More information about work and caregiving

You can find more information about work and mantelzorg, as well as tools, on werkenmantelzorg.nl. For example:

  • a checklist to help you make your company more caregiver-friendly
  • an example of a plan to make your company caregiver-friendly
  • communication tools to inform your organisation

The werkenmantelzorg website is only available in Dutch.

Do you have a caregiver-friendly organisation? For example: you offer flexible working hours and employees are allowed to arrange care matters during working hours. You can apply for the certificate Wij werken mantelzorgvriendelijk (in Dutch).

Test how well you provide for your employees

Do you want to know if your business is doing enough to enable your employees to combine work and care? Go to zorgvriendelijk.nl and take the scan. You will receive a custom-made advice.

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