Bereaved parents to be entitled to bereavement leave

24 September, 2018

On 13 September 2018, the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received royal assent. This will give bereaved parents the right to paid leave.

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 gives a bereaved parent the right to take at least 2 weeks’ leave. This leave must be taken within the 56 days following the day of the child’s death. The right applies to parents who lose a child under the age of 18, or who suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. The bereavement leave must be taken in one-week blocks, but need not be taken as a continuous 2 week period.

Exercise of this right is subject to conditions, notably that the bereaved employee must have been employed for a continuous period of at least 26 weeks ending with the week immediately before the death of their child.

The Act does not provide further information on the rate of pay due during the leave period. These details will be contained in supporting regulations which will be introduced ready for the Act coming into force in 2020.

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