Three Private Members’ Bills received Royal Assent in May 2023 to extend certain provisions within the family friendly employment law rights area.
Carers Leave Act
On the 4th December 2023 the Carers Leave Act came into force but will not apply to employers until 6th April 2024.
This Act will give employees from their first day of employment the right to take one week’s unpaid leave every year which they can use flexibly as whole or half days. This is to provide or arrange care for a dependent.
Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act
The expected implementation date for this Act is not until April 2025.
When this comes into application, employees will have the right to take leave from work if their baby receives neonatal care for more than seven continuous days before the baby reaches 28 days of life.
The length of the leave they will be entitled to will depend on how long their baby receives neonatal care, but it could be for up to 12 weeks. The leave will be paid in line with maternity/paternity rules.
Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act.
There is currently no date for implementation of this Act.
This change in the law will give employees who are pregnant or have returned recently from a period of maternity, adoption or shared parental leave additional protection should they find themselves in a redundancy situation. The redundancy protection period will apply from the point pregnancy is announced to up to six months after returning to work following family leave and means during the period of protection the employee must be offered any alternative vacancies to mitigate the impact of a redundancy.