New Protections for Parents and Carers at work

On 24 May 2023 royal assent was given to three new laws covering leave entitlement and redundancy rules.


The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act was introduced by Stuart C McDonald MP and will enable eligible parents whose new-born baby is admitted to neonatal care to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave, in addition to other leave entitlements;


The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act, introduced by Dan Jarvis MP, will extend existing redundancy protections, which currently apply to Maternity Leave, Adoption Leave and Shared Parental Leave, to cover pregnancy and a period of time after a new parent returns to work;


The Carer’s Leave Act, introduced by Wendy Chamberlain MP, will create a new statutory unpaid leave entitlement for employees who are caring for a dependant with a long-term care need.


The Government will lay down secondary legislation, in due course, to implement these new entitlements.