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Carer’s Leave Act has been approved

From 6 April, the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 will come into force. This new legislation will help support unpaid carers to remain in work alongside their unpaid caring responsibilities.

The Carer’s Leave Act has been brought forward by Carers UK, who have been campaigning for employment rights for people who are juggling their caring responsibilities with paid employment. Two million employees are expected to benefit from this new right, which will enable those with caring responsibilities to take up to five days of Carer’s Leave.

Carers UK have said:

“The regulations for the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 make clear that employees in Great Britain with a long-term unpaid caring responsibility for a family member or friend will be able take up to five days of unpaid Carer’s Leave. They will have the same employment protections associated with other forms of family-related leave, such as protection from dismissal as a result of having taken the leave.”

You can read more about the Carer’s Leave Act on the Carers UK website.

For more information on support available to working carers, visit our online support page

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