The Carer's Leave Act

The Carer’s Leave Act will open up many more possibilities for carers who are employed.

These new changes will come into effect from the 6 April 2024.

  • The Carer’s Leave Act covers employees in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Employees are entitled to up to one week’s unpaid leave per year if providing or arranging care for someone with a long-term care need.
  • This leave can be taken flexibly (in half or full days) for planned and foreseen caring commitments.
  • It is available from the first day of employment.
  • It provides the same employment protections to employees as other forms of family-related leave, including protection from dismissal.

Find out more about the Carer’s Leave Act and what rights this will give carers on our new webpage on the Carers UK website.

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Though it is good to have something to help carers in the workplace, I feel that those who are unable to get into work due to circumstances are being left out due to the way the system is.

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