Help for working carers

One in eight people in work is a carer. Being a carer doesn’t mean that you have to give up work.

Carers Leave Act

The Carers Leave Act is due to come into force in 2024. The new law in the workplace will cover employees across Great Britain by:

  • introducing one week’s unpaid leave per year for employees who are providing or arranging care for a relative or dependant
  • making this available from the first day of their employment
  • offering the same employment protections to employees taking this leave. This will mean carers will be protected from dismissal or any detriment because of having taken time off.

Read more about the Right to Carer's Leave and the Carer's Leave Act support package

Statutory rights

As a working carer, there are statutory rights you’ll be entitled to:

It’s your choice whether to tell your employer about your caring role but there may be extra support available for carers in your workplace, such as:

  • carers leave (paid or unpaid)
  • time off to accompany the person you are looking after to appointments (paid or unpaid)
  • a carers support group or carers contact

Information and advice

If you’re looking for information and advice outside working hours, see the Find someone to talk to about caring page.

Further reading

Carers UK

Carers Trust

Supporting carers in the workplace

Employers for Carers (EfC)

Tell your employer about the Employers for Carers website which has lots of information for employers of carers.  

If you're employed by a small to medium-sized business, your employer can join Employers for Carers for free under the umbrella membership of Leicestershire County Council. This provides access to a full range of online practical resources including policies, good practice, case studies and information on key workplace issues.

To request access to the umbrella membership, please email carers@leics.gov.uk