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Right to leave for bereaved parents 13/09/2018 A new workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents has been officially enshrined in law as the Parental Leave and Pay Bill achieves Royal Assent.

Right to leave for bereaved parents

A new workplace right to paid leave for bereaved parents has been officially enshrined in law today (13th September) as the Parental Leave and Pay Bill achieves Royal Assent. It is the first law of its kind in the UK and is expected to come into force in 2020.

The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act will give all employed parents a day-one 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 eligibility criteria.

“Losing a child is an unimaginable trauma. I am delighted we have reached this important milestone which so many have campaigned for,” said Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst. “I’d like to thank all the people who have helped make this law a reality, including the brave parent campaigners who have spoken out about their own experiences.”

 

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