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Statutory Leave for Carers Proposal

Proposed legislation could benefit more than two million employees who have unpaid caring responsibilities.

Unpaid carers could benefit from one week of statutory unpaid leave under a proposal expected to be introduced as a Private Members Bill to Parliament later this year by Liberal Democrat MP, Wendy Chamberlain. She has said she intends to introduce Bill that would give individuals with caring responsibilities the right to five unpaid days off per year.

If successful, it could benefit up to 2.34 million employees who are unpaid carers.

Currently, parents have a right to a total of 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave for each child up to the age of 18 (no more than 4 per year). However there is no statutory right to any other unpaid leave to care for other dependants.

Last year, a government consultation announced that there was support for unpaid leave for carers. The Conservative party also included unpaid carers’ leave in its manifesto, but it did not appear in this year’s Queen’s Speech, so it is not clear whether or not the Bill will be passed.

About the author

Award-winning HR consultant Helen Astill has considerable experience in all aspects of practical human resource management and development, gained from a variety of senior positions in both public and private sectors.

Cherington HR joined HR Solutions in July 2021, providing Cherington HR’s clients with a wider service offering and extensive additional experienced staff.

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