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Parental bereavement leave

A new law is to be introduced to provide vital support for grieving parents.

At the moment, parents have a day one right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off work to deal with any emergency involving a dependent, including making funeral arrangements.

What is ‘reasonable’ would of course depend on circumstances and would generally be agreed between the employer and employee. However, employers have no legal requirement to provide paid leave.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill gets its second reading in the House of Commons today (20 October), and will give employed parents statutory rights to paid leave to allow them to grieve for the loss of a child. The Bill has huge support and is widely expected to be passed.

Kevin Hollinrake MP, who introduced the Bill said: “This is such an important Bill for parents going through the most terrible of times. There is little any of us can do to help, but at least we can make sure that every employer will give them time to grieve.”

Author: Gail Harris