Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has now received Royal Assent.

The related Bill was introduced to Parliament in July 2017. Under the bill, employed parents who have lost a child would be entitled to statutory paid leave to allow them time to grieve away from the workplace. Following this, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) collaborated with employers, employee representatives and campaigners on behalf of working families to understand the needs of both parents and employers.

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act

This Act provides a right to two weeks of time away from work for those employees who have lost a child aged under 18.

All the detail will appear in supporting Regulations (which are not yet published). This will include, amongst other things, details of how much remuneration will be payable during the leave.

Paul Burton, Head of Frettens' Employment Team, says "The Government has said it anticipates introducing Regulations and bringing the Act fully into force by April 2020. We shall keep you updated as things progress."

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