Carer's Leave Bill
Effective sometime in 2024
The Carer’s Leave Act will enable employees to take up to one week’s leave annually, in whole or half days, to provide or arrange care for a dependent.
The right extends to care for a spouse, partner, child or parent who lives in the same household as the carer and/or reasonably relies on them for care. The leave is a first-day employment right and is unpaid.
A date for the new law to come into effect hasn’t yet been announced but isn’t expected to be before April 2024. In the meantime, there’s an opportunity for employers to review their policies, consider whether they wish to offer any rights in addition to this statutory minimum and generally prepare to communicate to their employees.