New legislation on Parental Bereavement leave

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New legislation on Parental Bereavement leave

New legislation on Parental Bereavement leave

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is expected to come into effect on 6 April 2020.

Under this new legislation parents who have lost a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks statutory leave irrespective of their length of service. The leave will also apply to employees who have suffered a stillbirth after the 24 weeks mark.

The two weeks leave may be taken consecutively or in two separate stages of one week each. Employees will have a period of 56 weeks from the date of death or stillbirth in which to use their leave entitlement.

Employees with six months continuous service will also be entitled to Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay, in the same way as they would be entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay and other statutory payments.

"This entitlement to two weeks paid bereavement leave is currently the longest right to paid bereavement leave worldwide."

The new law is known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother Lucy Herd campaigned for parental bereavement rights following his death

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