Parental Bereavement (Leave & Pay) Act 2018 Passed

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has been passed and will come into force in April 2020. It gives parents who have lost a child under 18 the right to take two weeks off work.

The full details, including the level of pay, have not been published yet.

We did a quick poll on LinkedIn about this change and it received a positive response. Our hope would always be that employers would react sympathetically to a situation like this and we believe that the vast majority would.

However, the statutory right to take time off will give the employee the confidence that they can take the time without the worry that their employer may not agree to it and without having to use sick leave or holiday.

What does this mean for you?

Nothing at the moment – the Act will not come into force until April 2020. You may need to update your policies or staff handbook to include these new provisions nearer the time and we can help you with this.

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