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Parental bereavement leave

Overview

Employees who are parents, or partners of parents, either by biology, adoption or surrogacy, to a child under 18 (including stillbirths after 24 weeks of pregnancy) who died after 6 April 2020 (applicable in England, Scotland and Wales), are entitled to Parental Bereavement Leave and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay. This applies regardless of the employees length of service. 

Key points

  • Employees taking this leave have protected rights, including to pay rises, accrual of holiday, and to return to work.
  • From day one, employees are entitled to two weeks' of Parental Bereavement Leave. 
  • Parental Bereavement Leave can be taken as either: 
    • two weeks together
    • two separate weeks
    • one week alone
  • The leave can start on or after the death or stillbirth, and must finish within 56 weeks of the death or stillbirth. 
  • If Parental Bereavement Leave is interrupted by another type of statutory leave, then any remaining Parental Bereavement Leave can be taken after the other leave has ended. 
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay is the lower of £156.66 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings, subject to the lower earnings limit of £123 (see our ‘Statutory rates’ page for historic rates).
  • Notice and relevant information must be given to receive Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay.