A new bill has been published to introduce parental bereavement leave.
The Current Position
Under current legislation an employer has no obligation to allow parents paid time off to grieve if they have lost a child under the age of 18. Most employers are likely to be flexible and compassionate however it is not an entitlement.
The Parental Bereavement ( Pay and Leave) Bill
The new Bill has been published to entitle all employees to parental bereavement leave. The Bill sets out that any parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to two weeks’ paid leave. For employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer will be able to benefit from statutory parental bereavement pay which the employer will be able to recover from the Government.
We will ensure to provide a further update once this Bill has been approved and passed as legislation by the House of Commons and House of Lords.
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