The chief executive of a major energy supplier is urging employers to do more to retain the almost 5 million people who juggle work and caring responsibilities.
Employees who care for loved ones should receive statutory paid leave and have the right to return to work once their circumstances change.
The government has been urged to act on the Conservative Party's 2017 pledge to introduce specific employment rights for working carers, such as statutory leave, to help keep them in the workplace.
The government has committed to exploring the case for five days' statutory paid leave for carers, but has been criticised for "barely paying lip service" to other recommendations made to help improve working carers' lives.
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Updated to include a reference to the Government's analysis of responses to the call for evidence.
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