The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 received Royal Assent in May 2023 and the law will be enacted in 2024, by which time you need to be prepared to deliver changes to the way you offer support to all unpaid carers in your workforce.
Carers UK will be providing a stand-alone set of resources to support employers with the implementation of the Carer’s Leave Act. Register your interest to hear more about these below.
More than one in seven people in any workplace is a carer. By working with Carers UK to get ready for the introduction of this law, you'll be showing your staff that you value them as employees and recognise the unique challenges they face when also caring for someone.
- introduce a new and flexible entitlement to one week’s unpaid leave per year for employees who are providing or arranging care for a relative or dependant
- be available from the first day of their employment
- allow employees to take the leave flexibly for planned and foreseen caring commitments
- offer the same employment protections to employees taking this leave that are associated with other forms of family-related leave, meaning they will be protected from dismissal or any detriment because of having taken time off.
With in-house teams working with both employers and policy makers – and as a charity with the needs of carers at the heart of everything we do – Carers UK is uniquely placed to support you in making sure you are up-to-speed with your legal requirements under the Act.
Preparing for the Act guide
Read our helpful booklet for more information on what the new law will mean for employers and why it is good practice to support carers in the workplace.
Employers for Carers
Launched as an employers’ membership forum in 2009, EfC now has over 230 member organisations covering around 2.8 million employees across the public, private and not for profit sectors.
Employers for Carers will be offering practical support to members, to implement the new Act. This support will include updated EfC membership resources such as e-learning, guides and toolkits, as well as latest news, information and briefings.