Parental Bereavement Leave

Parental Bereavement Leave

The government has now published the necessary legislation, which will see employed parents who lose a child aged under 18, being entitled to two weeks’ bereavement leave. This will mean employees are better supported at such a difficult time.

This new legislation, which comes into effect on the 6th April 2020, will cover any working parent, no matter how long they have worked for their employer.  Parents employed for six months or more, will also be able to claim statutory pay for the bereavement period in line with the approach for other entitlements such as maternity leave, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Bereaved parents will be able to take leave in either a single block of two weeks or as separate blocks of one week across the first year after their child’s death.

If you use YourHR.Space we will be adding a Parent Bereavement Leave policy to your site nearer the time this comes into effect.

However, if you need any advice on this new piece of legislation,  please call Practical HR Ltd on 01702 216573 or email fiona@practicalhr.co.uk for advice.