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The Carer’s Leave Regulations 2024 came into from on 6th April 2024 and set out the statutory rights for employees to take up to one week of unpaid carer’s leave in any 12-month period to arrange care for a dependent with a long-term care need.

The key elements of the provisions are:

  • The right is a Day 1 employment right.
  • It applies to employees who have a dependent with a long-term care need.
  • It is to be used to provide or arrange care for that dependent.
  • Leave can be taken in consecutive or non-consecutive half-days or full days.
  • Employees must give notice of their intention to take the leave, confirming their entitlement and providing the longer of three days’ notice or twice as many days’ notice as the number of days they want to take off.
  • Employers may postpone a request if the operation of the business would be disrupted if the leave is taken on the requested dates. In these circumstances, the employer must give notice of the postponement before the leave was due to begin, explaining why it was necessary to postpone.  The employer must then allow the leave to be taken within one month of the start date of the leave originally requested.
  • Employees are protected from detriment and dismissal because they take or seek to take carers leave or their employer believes they are likely to do so.

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