Carer's Leave

Closes 3 Aug 2020

Opened 16 Mar 2020


This consultation seeks views on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide care.  

Responses to this consultation will help us understand: 

  • How carers use existing employment rights; 
  • Who should be eligible to take the leave; 
  • What the leave can be taken for; 
  • How the leave would be available to take and the process for taking the leave; 
  • The costs and benefits to employers and employees. 

In light of COVID-19, we are extending the consultation period to give people more time to respond.

Give Us Your Views


  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Trade bodies
  • Legal representative
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Trade union or staff association
  • Employment lawyers
  • Employment advisers
  • Businesses
  • Individual employees
  • HR professionals
  • HR organisations
  • Researchers
  • General public
  • Older people
  • Disability groups
  • Charities
  • Individual
  • Regulator
  • Non-departmental public bodies
  • The Devolved Administrations
  • Charities and Third Sector organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Civil Society Organisations


  • Workplace rights
  • Flexible working