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The Parental Bereavement Bill

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was published on 13 October 2017 and had its second reading in Parliament on 20 October 2017.

It is proposed that employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 (including a still born baby after 24 weeks) should be entitled to:

  • at least two weeks’ leave, irrespective of service;
  • at least two weeks’ statutory bereavement pay where employees have at least 26 weeks’ service; and
  • protection from detriment, redundancy or dismissal for taking bereavement leave.

The proposals are designed to allow parents who lose a child to grieve and come to terms with their loss. Currently, paid leave following the death of a child is at the discretion of employers as there is no right to be paid while taking dependants leave.

The Bill is unlikely to face much challenge as the introduction of child bereavement leave was proposed in the Conservative 2017 manifesto and has cross-party support. Regulations are not expected to be introduced until 2020 with further details of the defined terms, notification procedure and rights during a period of leave and level of pay expected in the draft Regulations.

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