Workplace Law Now Allows Parents to Take Bereavement Leave

Parental Bereavement Leave and Payment from 2020:

Parents who lose a child or or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy will be entitled to bereavement leave at work from 2020.

The new workplace right will see all employed parents who lose a child under 18 years of age be entitled to two weeks’ leave under the Parental Leave and Pay Bill.

Employed parents will also be able to claim pay during the two-week period, though they will have to meet ‘eligibility criteria.’

“This law makes Parental Bereavement Leave a legal right for the first time in the UK’s history,” Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said.

“Losing a child is an unimaginable trauma. I am delighted we have reached this important milestone which so many have campaigned for.

I’d like to thank all the people who have helped make this law a reality, including the brave parent campaigners who have spoken out about their own experiences.”

Campaigner Lucy Herd from Jack’s Rainbow, has been campaigning for 8 years for the law after the death of her own son Jack.

“When I started the campaign 8 years ago after the death of my son Jack, I always hoped that a change would happen in his memory,” she says.

“Knowing that 8 years of campaigning has helped create legislation to ensure bereaved parents are protected in the future is such a wonderful feeling and I am so grateful to all those involved.”

MP for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake introduced the government-backed private member’s bill to parliament in the summer last year.

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