A new workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents was given Royal Assent last month. This is the first law of its kind to be introduced in the UK and will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality.
The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act
The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act will give all employed parents the right to two weeks' leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting certain criteria.
What does this mean for employers?
The UK Government has said that it anticipates bringing the Act fully into force by April 2020 with more detail appearing in supporting Regulations, which are yet to be published. Consequently, employers must mindful of this impending change to paid leave and ensure that their company's policies properly comply with this new law when it comes into force.
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