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Parental bereavement leave

Overview

Prior to 2018, whether organisations provided time off work as bereavement leave when employees suffered the loss of a child, and any payment for this leave period, was an individual decision made within each business.

Following campaigning by a number of pressure groups, and the introduction of a Private Members’ Bill, legislation introducing leave for bereaved parents received Royal Assent in September 2018.

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 introduces the framework for this employment right. The Secretary of State will outline the finalised details within separate Regulations and it is expected that parents who suffer the loss of a child aged under 18 will be able to take paid parental bereavement leave from 2020.

The Department for Business. Energy and Industrial Strategy have released a response to a consultation on this right, revealing more details on how this will operate.

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