Response to BEIS consultation on Carer's leave

Date:
Thursday, April 23, 2020

The Government is seeking views on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide care. The responses will  be used to help 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

Further information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/carers-leave

ELA’s Legislative & Policy Committee will be responding to the consultation and would like to invite ELA members to join the working party which will draft our response. We welcome applications from all members, including junior lawyers i.e. NQs to 3 PQE. The working party will be chaired by Ivor Adair, Fox & Partners and Robert Davies, Walbrook Law LLP. The consultation on closes on 3 August 2020, 

Please reply by 5pm on 30 April 2020, if you are interested in being involved. 

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How ELA working parties work

A typical working party will organise its work by sharing out the consultation questions amongst the working party members. In this way, the work can be shared out evenly, and members can volunteer to take on as much or as little as they feel able to at the time. Each working party member will then draft a response to the question(s) they have agreed to take on, within the agreed timetable. The submission deadlines are often quite tight, so it is vital that everyone keeps to the timetable. The chair(s) of the working party (who are almost always drawn from the L&P Committee) will then pull the individual submissions together and edit them for consistency, ensuring that our submissions are politically neutral and address the concerns of both employees and employers.

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