Carer’s Leave Act 2023 – Effective from April 2024

April 2024 will mark a significant shift in supporting work-life balance within the UK workforce. The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 recognises the essential role employees play as caregivers and the reality of their responsibilities outside the workplace.

For one week each year, employees will have the statutory right to take up to a week’s unpaid leave to care for dependents – a change that illustrates progressive understanding and the value of compassionate employment practices.

Key Aspects of New Employment Rights

• Carer’s leave will be a “day one” right, meaning that staff will not require a minimum period of service.

• Entitlement will depend on the relationship between the carer and the person being cared for, with a focus on dependants with a long-term care need or terminal illness.

• Eligible employees will be able to take five days’ carer’s leave per year, as individual or half days.

• Employers will be able to ask employees to self-certify that they are eligible, with no evidential requirements (for example details of the dependant’s condition or caring activities being undertaken).

Business leaders should see this as an opportunity to showcase their support for employees’ holistic well-being, which in turn can foster a loyal and engaged workforce. However, it also means companies must be prepared to manage potential short-term staffing gaps. Proactive planning, such as cross-training staff, adjusting work schedules, and employing temporary cover, will be key to ensuring business continuity.

Employers must ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations related to leave policies. Adherence to the new legal framework will be paramount to avoid any claims or potential damage to reputation. Now is the time for leaders to review their leave policies, reinforce a culture of inclusivity, and educate their teams to ensure seamless integration of the Carer’s Leave Act into their operational model.

If you’d like to learn more about how the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 will affect your business… we’d like to hear from you. Call today – make Personology your outsourced HR department and ensure your business stays compliant.