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Carers Leave policy template

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Our Carers Leave Policy outlines entitlements and procedures, offering support and flexibility for employees balancing work and caregiving responsibilities.

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What is a Carers Leave policy?

The Carers Leave Policy outlines the procedures and entitlements available to employees who need to take time off work to care for a dependent family member or relative. It provides clear guidance on eligibility criteria, notification requirements, and the duration of leave that employees can request for caregiving responsibilities.

This policy aims to support employees in balancing their work commitments with their caregiving duties, ensuring that they can fulfil their responsibilities without facing undue stress.

Additionally, the Carers Leave Policy demonstrates the employer's commitment to promoting work-life balance and supporting the well-being of its workforce. By offering provisions for carers leave, employers can foster a supportive and compassionate workplace culture, where employees feel valued and empowered to manage their personal and professional responsibilities effectively. This policy also helps employers comply with relevant employment laws and regulations governing carers rights, ensuring fairness and consistency in how carers leave requests are handled across the organisation.

Best practice timescale for this to be issued
When should this policy be issued?
During onboarding / after changes / planned refresher
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this policy, and to whom?
Internally issued to appropriate recipients in your Company
Applicable legal jurisdictions
In which jurisdictions can this policy be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom), Worldwide
United Kingdom
  • Employment Rights Act 1996: Provides employees with the right to take a reasonable amount of time off to care for dependents.

  • Equality Act 2010: Ensures that carers are not discriminated against based on their caring responsibilities.

  • Data Protection Act 2018 (incorporating GDPR): Mandates the handling of personal data within the carers leave policy in compliance with data protection principles.

  • Carer's Leave Act 2023: Provides additional protections and entitlements for carers, including the right to request flexible working arrangements.

  • Best Practice: Flexibility and Support: Offer flexible leave options and provide support mechanisms for employees balancing work and caring responsibilities.

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Other territories

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Carers Leave

Overview

[Company Name] recognises the importance of supporting employees who have caring responsibilities for dependents with long-term care needs. As such, we have established this Carers Leave Policy to provide eligible employees with the opportunity to take unpaid leave to fulfill their caring responsibilities while balancing their work commitments.

Scope

This policy applies to all employees of [Company Name], regardless of their length of service, who have caring responsibilities for a dependent with a long-term care need.

General Principles

Entitlement

Employees have the right to request one week of unpaid leave every 12 months to care for their dependent with a long-term care need. This entitlement begins from the first day of employment.

Notice Period

Employees must provide a minimum of three days' notice before taking carers leave. However, if the requested leave period is longer than three days, the employee must give notice of at least twice the length of the requested leave.

Postponement

In certain circumstances, [Company Name] reserves the right to postpone the approved carers leave for a period of up to one month. This may occur if the leave would unduly disrupt the business operations or if there are significant workload or staffing considerations.

Procedure for Requesting Carers Leave

  1. Employees must submit a formal written request for carers leave to their line manager or HR department.

  2. The request should include details of the dependent requiring care, the proposed dates of leave, and any other relevant information.

  3. Line managers or HR representatives will review the request and determine its approval based on business needs and the employee's entitlement.

  4. If the request is approved, the employee will be notified in writing, confirming the dates of the approved leave period.

  5. If the request is denied or postponed, the reasons for the decision will be communicated to the employee in writing, along with any alternative arrangements or options available.

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This policy [does not] form[s] part of your terms and conditions of employment.

Version: [1.0]

Issue date: [date]

Author: [name, job title]

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