Losing a child is something that all parents dread. Having time to grieve is important and a recent Bill has been published will enable parents to do just that. All parents that lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave. Many employers would undoubtedly be understanding in such a situation anyway but, until now, there has been no legal obligation for them to allow parents any time off.
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill allows parents to bereavement leave no matter what their length of service. Statutory parental bereavement pay will be also be available to employees who have 26 weeks’ continuous service. This is a refreshing development in the law which aims to make things easier for working families.
30th October 2017