Employment Law Update: Proposal on Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

What Is Happening?

This legislation, which is due to be put in to place in 2020, is the first of its type in the UK. Parents will have the right to two weeks paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The two weeks paid leave can be taken flexibly in blocks and within a 56 week window for parents who may need time around anniversaries.

The proposed legislation is currently a bill but we are waiting on further guidance and advice on how the law will work practically. In addition there are elements still to be confirmed including who exactly could be eligible i.e. foster parents, adopters and guardians; and how bereaved parents of young people up to the age of 25 are impacted by this.

Why Does It Matter?

The new legislation will mean support, time and flexibility for parents who are grieving.

It is important as an employer or HR professional that you are aware of the changes in regards to parental bereavement legislation that is upcoming in order to be in line with the relevant legislation and avoid any penalties that could be enforced if the legislation is ignored.

What Do I Need To Do?

Employers should start to think about implementing a policy to reflect the new legislation whilst supporting parents in the workplace. Employers should keep up to date with the legislation as further details are due to be released based on recommendations for how the law can work practically.

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