For kinship carers New kinship carer? Will you have to give up your job? Think about whether you'll be able to continue to work, or whether you'll need to adjust or reduce your working pattern. Will you need to change jobs or give up work completely? Bear in mind that all employees have the right to request flexible working provided they have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks. This might include working part-time or as a job-share, or working longer hours over fewer days or working from home. Employers must deal with requests in a ‘reasonable manner’. They should usually make a decision within three months and can only refuse for good business reasons.