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November strikes: Are you prepared?

The proposed industrial action set for 30th November could see more than two million teachers, civil servants and other public sector workers go on strike.

Some parents have already been warned that schools and nurseries will be closed, but others may not find out until the day.

The action could be the largest in a generation, and the impact on private businesses has raised concerns. So much so that Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested that employers allow staff to bring children to work where possible.

For many businesses this will not be an option, but for employees and employers alike, there are options available for those facing childcare problems.

Options to consider include:

  • Taking annual leave as normal;
  • Unpaid time off – employees are entitled to take unpaid time off work for emergencies, including dealing with an unexpected disruption or breakdown in care arrangements;
  • Flexible working options – there are several options available for discussion, including working from home, flexi-time, or a compressed working week.

You can find more information about flexible working here, alternatively, click here for more information on emergency time off for dependants