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Unpaid Carers to receive 1 weeks unpaid leave to balance job and care needs.

Under new Government proposals announced this week workers will get more choice over when and where they work. Separately, the Government has also announced that it will be giving unpaid carers who are balancing a job in addition to caring for a dependant with long-term needs one week’s unpaid leave, as a day one right.

A consultation – Making flexible working the default – is now open and looks at a range of flexible working methods such as job-sharing, flexitime, compressed, annualised and staggered hours, as well as phased retirement – not just working from home.

You can read and respond to the open consultation on GOV.UK which is due to close on 1 December.  The Government response to the consultation on Carer’s Leave, published on 23 September, sets out further detail on the new right for unpaid carers.

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Posted: 27th September 2021