The definition of 'carer' will cover any employee who is or expects to be caring for an adult who:
- is married to, or the partner or civil partner of the employee; or
- is a 'near relative' of the employee;
- falls into neither category but lives at the same address as the employee.
The 'near relative' definition includes parents, parent-in-law, adult child, adopted adult child, siblings (including those who are in-laws), uncles, aunts or grandparents and step-relatives. The DTI estimates that this definition will cover about 80% of carers.
View DTI Press Release
[Thanks to Eugenie Verney for telling me about this press release]