Parents and carers: new leave entitlements

11 July 2023

Parents and carers set to receive new leave entitlements and protections as Bills receive Royal Assent

Three separate private member Bills received Royal Assent on the 24 May 2023. The Bills were introduced to provide for additional leave rights and statutory protections for parents and carers as follows:

  • Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023 will provide employed parents with up to 12 weeks’ paid leave where their child has been admitted to neonatal care. This is in addition to any other leave and paid entitlements (including maternity or paternity leave);
  • Carer's Leave Act 2023 will provide any employee who cares for a dependent with a long-term care need with 5 days of unpaid carer’s leave on top of their annual leave entitlement; and

The Government will lay down series of secondary legislation in due course to bring into force the above entitlements and to provide more detail on eligibility. It has been reported that the neonatal entitlements are expected to be delivered in April 2025. A timetable has not yet been set for when the provisions of the Carer’s Leave Act will be implemented but this is not expected to occur before April 2024.

Find out more on the Government website.

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