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Employment Update: The Parental Bereavement Bill

13 October 2017 | Cecily Donoghue

The Government has today published a Bill which will give parents who lose a child (under the age of 18) the right to two weeks’ paid leave.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will entitle all employees to parental bereavement leave, regardless of their length of service. Those who have over 26 weeks continuous service will also benefit from statutory parental bereavement pay.

Losing a child is a tragedy, and for parents can be a very emotionally overwhelming time. The last thing that parents need is additional financial pressure, and this new Bill should give parents one less thing to think about during this difficult time.

This is good news for staff, although for some people there may be little change – as some employers already offer paid time off for compassionate leave in these tragic situations.

Here at Gregg Latchams, we will keep you updated on the Bill’s progress.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact our employment team for further information.

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