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 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.
In January 2020, it was confirmed that the right to take parental bereavement leave will come into effect from 6 April 2020. Draft Regulations, expected to confirm how this right will work in practice, have been laid before Parliament.
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