Bereavement Leave for Parents

First published: 10/9/18

Last Modified: 1/3/19, 7:08 PM


On the 13th September 2018, a new workplace right to be paid leave for parents who lose a child was agreed. The new Act is expected to come into force in 2020.

Not something we like to think about, let alone talk about, but something that Employers will need to know in the future.

The Parental Leave and Pay Bill received Royal Assent on 13th September 2018, and is set to come into force in 2020.  Stated as the first law of its kind in the UK, it will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality.  The new Act will give all employed parents a right, from day one, to 2 weeks' leave if they lose a child under 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks' pregnancy.  Subject to the parents meeting eligibility criteria, they will be entitled to payment for this time off.

This support for working parents, at a time when it is much needed, is greatly welcome.


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