Carer’s leave – a new right to be introduced

23 Sep 2021

The Government has published its response to the consultation on carer’s leave, which was launched back in March 2020. The aim of the consultation was to look at ways of supporting the estimated 5 million people who provide unpaid care to an elderly or disabled relative or friend. Approximately half of these unpaid carers also work.
 
As a result of the consultation, the Government has confirmed it plans to introduce a right for unpaid carers to take up to one week (five working days) of unpaid leave per year. Some points to note:
 
  • The new entitlement would be a day one right (no qualifying service required)
  • The carers relationship with the person requiring care is likely to broadly follow the definition of dependant used in the current right to time off for dependants (which includes a spouse/civil partner, child, parent or someone who otherwise reasonably relies on the employee for care)
  • The leave will be available to be taken flexibly, in blocks of one week or in individual day or half days
  • Employees will need to provide twice the length of notice as the time off for carer’s leave to be taken, plus one day
  • Employers will have a limited ability to postpone the leave to manage and plan for absences, and only where business would be unduly disrupted by the carer’s leave
  • No evidential requirements will introduced – any false applications could be dealt with as a disciplinary matter
  • There will be protection for employees who suffer a detriment or are dismissed as a result of exercising the right to carer’s leave
 
The Government has said that legislation to introduce Carer’s Leave will be brought forward “when parliamentary time allows”. Given this fairly non-committal timetable, it is possible that these planned changes may not be implemented for some time.
 

Further reading

The consumer power shift - CMA reforms on the horizon

Blog
13/10/2021
Incoming reforms are set to increase the CMA's reach. Jay Barnett explains what this means for businesses and consumers
Read more Read

The consumer power shift - CMA reforms on the horizon

Blog
13/10/2021
Incoming reforms are set to increase the CMA's reach. Jay Barnett explains what this means for businesses and consumers
Read more Read

The Rise and Rise of Fixed Costs in Litigation

Blog
12/10/2021
Changes to the way litigation claims are run are on the horizon. Simon Elcock explains the growing significance of fixed costs.
Read more Read

The Rise and Rise of Fixed Costs in Litigation

Blog
12/10/2021
Changes to the way litigation claims are run are on the horizon. Simon Elcock explains the growing significance of fixed costs.
Read more Read
  • Brighton Office

    1 Jubilee Street

    Brighton

    East Sussex

    BN1 1GE

  • Gatwick Office

    Griffin House

    135 High Street

    Crawley

    West Sussex

    RH10 1DQ

  • Guildford Office

    Wonersh House

    The Guildway

    Old Portsmouth Road

    Guildford

    Surrey

    GU3 1LR

  • Horsham Office

    Ridgeland House

    15 Carfax

    Horsham

    West Sussex

    RH12 1DY

  • London Office

    6 New Street Square

    New Fetter Lane

    London

    EC4A 3BF

  • Get in touch