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Government publishes bill entitling bereaved parents to paid time off

13 October 2017

Today the Government has published a bill to give employed parents two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under 18.

While employers are already expected to show flexibility after such a tragic event, there is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide time off for grieving parents.

Under the proposed new law, employers will be required to give bereaved parents a minimum of two weeks’ paid leave.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will give a day-one right to parental bereavement leave for all employees, and employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service will be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay.

Businesses will be able to claim back parental bereavement pay from the Government.

The bill was published on 13 October 2017 ahead of its second reading on 20 October. It is hope that the proposals will be written into law by 2020.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss said: “Bliss welcomes this new legislation introducing parental bereavement leave in order to give parents the time and space to grieve. There is nothing more distressing than the loss of a child and concerns about work and finances should not be an additional strain on parents at this desperately sad time.

“Bliss also calls on the Government to ensure that parallel provisions are made for parents who are self-employed or who receive universal credit.”

You can read the bill in its entirety here

Ask your MP to support bereavement leave for parents here

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