Working Carers Leave

My husband came across this , thought it may be if use to others who are in the same situation. Below is a summary but for the full bumph I’ve posted the Gov UK link.

'From 6 April 2024, employees will be entitled to unpaid leave to give or arrange care for a ‘dependant’ who has:

  • a physical or mental illness or injury that means they’re expected to need care for more than 3 months
  • a disability (as defined in the Equality Act 2010)
  • care needs because of their old age

The dependant does not have to be a family member. It can be anyone who relies on them for care.

Employees are entitled to carer’s leave from their first day of work for their employer. Their employment rights (like holidays and returning to their job) are protected during carer’s leave.

How long employees can take

Employees can take up to one week of leave every 12 months. A ‘week’ means the length of time they usually work over 7 days. For example, if someone usually works 3 days a week, they can take 3 days of carer’s leave.

They can either take a whole week off or take individual days or half days throughout the year.


Thank you for sharing this. I saw something at work the other day that said about legislation changes coming into effect i iust didnt get chance to read it.

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