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BEIS: New proposed law allows bereaved parents access to paid leave

Category: Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, Government, Parents, potential, leave

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The Government is proposing new laws for grieving parents, with hopes that they will pass by 2020. Currently there is no paid leave for a parent who goes through the tragedy of losing a child. With the new potential laws grieving parents can expect up to 2 weeks paid leave if they lose a child below the age of 18. 

The Parental Bereavement Bill was introduced by Kevin Mollinrake MP and supported by the Government. The bill could give a day-one right to parental bereavement leave and employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service will be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay.

Kevin Hollinrake MP, bill sponsor, said:

“Sadly, I have had constituents who have gone through this dreadful experience and while some parents prefer to carry on working, others need time off.

This new law will give employed parents a legal right to two weeks’ paid leave, giving them that all-important time and space away from work to grieve at such a desperately sad time.”

Margot James, Business Minister, said:

“We want parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child.

That’s why Government is backing this bill which goes significantly further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace right for employees.”

Francine Bates, CEO of The Lullaby Trust said:

“We warmly welcome this new law giving paid leave to bereaved parents. Losing a child is one of the most devastating experiences that a parent can go through and it is vitally important that they are supported by their employer and not made to return to work before they are ready.

We know many bereaved parents who have campaigned tirelessly for paid compassionate leave after the death of a child and are very pleased to see that the UK is now leading the way in supporting parents who need time away from work to grieve for their child.”

Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said:

“Cruse Bereavement Care welcomes legislation introducing parental bereavement leave recognising that the death of a child is devastating.

It is vital that at such a distressing time those who are bereaved can take time away from work.

Small employers will be able to recover all statutory parental bereavement pay while larger employers will be able to reclaim almost all of it.”

Details of the proposed new law were published in Parliament ahead of the bill’s second reading on 20 October.

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