Parental bereavement leave bill published by the government

On 13 October 2017, the government published the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill. This will offer two weeks’ paid leave to any employed parent who loses a child under the age of 18. Every employee will be eligible for this right, irrespective of their length of service.
In addition, employed parents with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service will also be eligible to receive statutory parental bereavement pay. Employers will be able to reclaim some or all of this cost from the government.
While, generally, it is expected that employers will act in a compassionate and flexible manner in response to these difficult circumstances, there currently is no legal requirement  to offer grieving parents paid time off work. This bill will create a legal entitlement for parents and will go significantly further than most other countries by extending parental leave to not only the birth, but also the loss, of a child.
The bill will have its second reading in Parliament on 20 October 2017 with a view to becoming law in 2020.

Helena Rozman

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Helena has experience in acting for both employees and employers covering both contentious and non-contentious work. Helena's experience includes defending Employment Tribunal claims and engaging in settlement negotiations; advising clients on complex disciplinary matters, exit strategies and large restructuring exercises, including TUPE and redundancy; co-ordinating and responding to data subject access requests; advising on the employment implications on business and asset purchases and outsourcing arrangements; project managing and advising clients on multi-jurisdictional projects with our international offices; drafting settlement agreements for exiting employees; advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions and undertaking due diligence; and reviewing contracts, company handbooks and policies.

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