24 January 2024

Following the Carer's Leave Act 2023 receiving Royal Assent on 24 May 2023, the draft statutory instrument indicates that the new legislation is expected to come into force on 6 April 2024.

The act will create a new statutory leave entitlement that grants up to one week of unpaid carer's leave per year, to employees who are caring for a dependant with a long-term care need. The leave will be able to be taken from half a day up to and including one whole week of leave.

The statutory entitlement will be a day one right for employees, and individuals will not be required to provide evidence or explain how the leave will be used.

This will enable carers to better balance their caring and work responsibilities, supporting them to remain in employment.

The government believes when the new law comes into force, this will help to increase workforce participation and protect vulnerable workers.

The full draft statutory instruments for The Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024 can be read here.

Watch this space for further CIPP news updates as the legislation develops.

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