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New employment rights for parents and carers

New protections for employees receive royal assent

On Wednesday 24th May 2023 three new rights for employees received royal assent meaning that they are one step closer to being implemented into law.

The new laws are:

  1. Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023
  2. Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023
  3. Carers Leave Act 2023

Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023

Provides for up to 12 weeks paid leave for parents whose children are in neonatal care.

This is in addition to maternity and paternity leave and pay rights.

Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023

This will extend the protection from redundancy currently afforded to employees on maternity/adoption or shared parental leave (“family leave”) to pregnant women and those who have recently returned from family leave.

You can read more about this here: https://realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk/2023/02/16/additional-redundancy-protection-for-pregnant-and-new-mothers/

Carers Leave Act 2023

Will give employees the right to one week of unpaid leave per year for those who are caring for a dependant.

Of the three changes that will take place this is the one that really is not worth the time or paper it is written on! Lets be realistic how helpful is the right to one week of unpaid leave going to be for someone who is caring for a dependant with a long term health condition?

When will the new rights start?

The laws need to go through a further process in order to be implemented into UK law and currently there is no date for this, however the government have said it will be implemented in due course.

You can read more from the government on this here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/workers-rights-wins-for-parents-and-carers

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