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Bereaved Parents Given 2 Weeks’ Paid Leave Allowance

Oct 23, 2017

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has announced that employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be given the right to take two weeks’ paid leave to give them time to grieve.

Companies will be able to claim parental bereavement pay back from the government, under the new laws, which go far further than the majority of other countries in providing this particular workplace right for members of staff. Currently, there is no legal requirement for businesses to give grieving parents paid leave.

Business minister Margot James commented on the announcement, saying: “We want parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child. That’s why government is backing this bill which goes significantly further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace right for employees.”

Details of the new law were published on October 13th in Parliament, ahead of the second reading of the bill which is due on October 20th. It’s hoped that it will become law in 2020.

There is guidance for employers on the Child Bereavement UK site that could prove useful in helping someone returning to work after a baby or child has died. It’s highly likely that your company could be affected, given that one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage and one in 100 babies die at or around the time of birth. An additional 1,700 babies die before reaching their first birthday and more than 3,000 children die between the ages of one and 19 because of accident or illness.

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