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New Statutory Carer’s Leave Policy


From 6 April 2024, there is a new statutory right to carer’s leave, as outlined in the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 and further detailed in the Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024. This progressive change signals a new era of support for employees shouldering caring responsibilities, ensuring they receive the leave they need from day one of their employment.

What This Means for You and Your Team:

Immediate Eligibility: From their first day, employees can avail themselves of carer’s leave, ensuring support is available when needed most.

Privacy and Respect: In keeping with our values of respect and confidentiality, evidence of the caring situation will not be required.

Focus on Dependents: This leave is dedicated to caring for dependents with significant health or disability needs, highlighting our commitment to those in our lives who need us most.

Equitable Support: Regardless of the number of dependents, eligible employees can take up to one week of leave annually, ensuring fair support across the board.

Flexibility in Care: Recognising the diverse needs of caring roles, this policy does not limit the activities for which carer’s leave can be used.

Adaptable Leave Options: With provisions for half-day leaves, we embrace the need for flexibility in balancing work and caring responsibilities.

Next Steps

To ensure you have the most current policies in place, we have updated our Employment handbooks for those clients subscribed to our upper-level service with the new carer’s leave policy.

For our valued clients on basic or intermediate service levels, we’re here to support you in integrating this critical update and as such the updated policy can be added to your handbook for a one-off fee of £99 + VAT—a small step toward making a significant difference in the lives of your team members.

Should you wish to either add the new Carers Leave policy to your existing handbook or upgrade your level of service, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01455 444222 option 1 or email

We also understand that adapting to these changes may bring questions.

Please feel free to get in touch. Our dedicated team is ready to support you.

Angela Clay

A qualified employment law solicitor and our managing director, Angela has unparalleled legal expertise and decades of experience and knowledge to draw from. She’s a passionate speaker and writer that loves to keep employers updated with upcoming changes to legislation, and is a regular guest speaker on BBC Leicester Radio.