The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in 2020.
The new Act will allow all employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, a right to two weeks’ leave and statutory parental bereavement pay, if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Acting on the responses received, the government has taken the following decisions:
- The policy will adopt a broad definition of a ‘bereaved parent’.
- Parental bereavement leave and pay can be taken as a single block, or as 2 separate weeks.
- Employed parents will have a window of 56 weeks to use the entitlement to take into account the anniversary of the death.
- Notice requirements will be flexible and will distinguish between leave taken very soon and leave taken at a later period
- Evidence requirements will mirror existing requirements used for other family leave and pay rights, where it is practicable to do so.
Find the consultation at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/parental-bereavement-leave-and-pay