The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018

Government publishes response on The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, expected to become law in 2020, which creates a statutory right to time off work for employed parents, with pay where certain eligibility requirements are met, following the loss of a child under the age of 18. Details include:-

That all legal parents will be included in the definition of "bereaved parent", as well as legal guardians and those who have day-to-day responsibility for caring for the child;

Bereavement leave can be taken either as a single block of two weeks or as two separate blocks of one week, to be taken up to 56 weeks from the date of the child's death; and

No notice will be required to be given by employees for leave taken in the immediate aftermath of the child's death, but where leave is taken after an initial period (yet to be determined), employees will be required to give one week's notice of their intention to take leave.

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