Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay
One of the worst experiences a person could go through is the death of a child. Most employers are compassionate and flexible at such a devastating time. In other situations, some employers are simply unsure of what they should, or can, offer to support their employee.
The government launched a public consultation to discuss the introduction of statutory minimum bereavement leave for parents who have lost a child. Following this consultation, in September 2018 the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 was given Royal Assent. Regulations which will detail how the Act should be operated more fully are still to follow. For this reason, the Act is not expected to be enforced on employers until April 2020.
Overview of the New Law
The new law introduces a right for employed parents to be absent from work for a minimum period of time (two weeks) following the death of a child.
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