The government has published its Bill proposing a new right to paid time off for bereaved parents. The Bill provides two weeks’ statutory leave for employees who lose a child.
The leave must be taken within 56 weeks of the child’s death. An employee who suffers the death of more than one child is entitled to two weeks’ leave in respect of each child.
Similar to other types of statutory parental leave, during any period of parental bereavement leave an employee’s terms and conditions of employment continue to have effect except for terms relating to remuneration. An employee is entitled to return to their normal role following leave.
Under the Bill, employees who have 26 weeks’ continuous service will also be entitled to parental bereavement pay. The level of pay is yet to be determined.
We expect more details to be announced as the Bill progresses through Parliament.
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