James Lock, Trainee Solicitor at CG Professional.
New Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay regulations will come into force on 6 April 2020.
What leave can be taken?
Parents who lose a child under 18 are entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave. This can be taken either as a single block of 2 weeks or as 2 separate blocks of one week taken at different times across the first year after the child’s death. This means parents can take the leave at the times they need it most, such as in the early days or over the first anniversary.
Who is eligible?
The right to parental bereavement leave applies to all employed parents who lose a child under 18 or suffer a stillbirth (from 24 weeks of pregnancy), irrespective of how long they have been with their employer (day-one right).
Is the leave paid?
Parents with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service with their employer and weekly average earnings over the lower-earning limit will also be entitled to statutory parental bereavement pay, paid at the statutory rate of £151.20 per week (from April 2020), or 90% of the average weekly earnings where this is lower.
We appreciate many employers will already provide for such leave and may wish to enhance the legal position.
If you have any questions regarding this article or would like to update your family leave policies in light of this, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the CG team who will be more than happy to assist