New changes to the Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024

The Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024 come into force on 6 April 2024. 

Key Features of Carer’s Leave

  • The right is a Day 1 employment right.
  • The right applies to employees who have a dependant with a long-term care need and want to be absent from work to provide or arrange care for that dependant.
  • Requests can be in consecutive or non-consecutive half-days or full days
  • Employees must give notice in writing of their intention to take carer’s leave.
  • Employers can postpone a request if the operation of the business would be unduly disrupted.
  • Employees are protected from detriment and dismissal because they take or seek to take carer’s leave or the employer believes they are likely to do so.

Suggested Action for Employers:

  • Consider creating a new policy or add a reference to carer’s leave in any existing policy dealing with other family/dependant leave.

You can read the new regulations on Carer’s Leave here.

If you’re a business that needs support navigating the new Carer’s Leave Regulations don’t hesitate to reach out.

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