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If you are an HR manager

It is important to communicate with caregiver employees to understand their needs and challenges, as well as to educate other employees about caregiver work conciliation.

By providing support to employee caregivers, you can reduce their stress and likelihood of burnout, maintain their commitment to the company, and create a healthier and fairer work environment for everyone.

Here are some measures to put in place

Go to the (Regulations & benefits)  section to find out about the measures provided for by law and the benefits for informal caregivers.

Regulations & benefitsCNESSTEmployer brochure

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In addition to the measures and benefits provided for by law, here are other voluntary measures that can be put in place:


  • a more flexible schedule allowing employees to work overtime at times that best suit their personal circumstances.
  • latitude for breaks or meals
  • teleworking days
  • a voluntary reduction in work or a compressed work week
  • redesigned leaves that take into account the reality of caregivers
  • leave with or without pay or a bank of paid leave for force majeure
  • medical consultations in the workplace and telemedicine
  • cash advances and/or establishment of an employee assistance fund
  • an emotional support program to help reduce stress and anxiety
  • awareness and training on the challenges of caregiver/work balance
  • provide information to help caregivers access benefits

Inform your employees

By implementing these best practices, employers can help employees better balance their work and caregiver responsibilities, which in turn can help reduce stress and improve the mental and physical health of caregivers, while improving employee satisfaction and productivity.

According to a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec carried out in 2017, 32% of caregivers have reduced their working hours or taken time off to care for their loved one. By offering support measures tailored to the needs of caregivers, employers can help reduce this rate of reduction in work time or leave, and thus improve the retention of caregiver employees.