28 September 2018
On 13th September 2018 the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received royal assent.
This new legislation makes provisions for employees following the loss of a child under the age of 18 and will provide for at least 2 weeks parental bereavement leave. Employees with a minimum of 26 weeks continuous service will be entitled to statutory paid leave.
The loss of a child is a devastating time and it is important that employers support their staff appropriately. Employers must be compassionate and flexible with employees; this new legislation will help to ensure support for all parents who suffer the loss of a child.
Implementation of the new legislation is expected to be in 2020.