New right to parental bereavement leave
Royal Assent has been received for the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018. Bereaved employees will be given the right to two weeks away from work.
Full details will be included in the supporting Regulations (these have not yet been published). However, the outline of the Act is:
- From day one of employment the rights will apply to all employees.
- If an employee loses a child under the age of 18 they will be entitled to two weeks paid leave. This right also applies to a child stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
- It is not yet known who a “bereaved parent” applies to. The new Regulations will explain the conditions to be met for an employee to be entitled to leave under this Act. Reference is expected to be made to whether the child was cared for by the employee before their death.
- Whilst it is not yet known how much statutory parental bereavement pay will be. Employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service will be eligible.
- The rights cannot be opted out of.
The Act is expected to be brought fully into force by April 2020 when the regulations will be introduced.
Source: Simon deMaid, Howes Percival 18.09.18
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