Julie Duane, Solicitor Advocate at CG Professional.
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill has now received royal assent and provides a right for all employees to take 2 weeks parental bereavement leave following the death of a child under the age of 18, or if they suffer from a stillborn from 24 weeks of pregnancy. This right comes into effect from day 1.
Employees may be eligible to claim statutory parental bereavement leave where they have completed at least 6 weeks of continuous service with their employer.
It’s anticipated that the new right will come into effect from April 2020 and that the pay will be at the statutory flat rate (currently at £148.68 per week), or 90% of the average weekly earnings if lower. The regulations will also include a requirement that the leave must be taken within 56 days of the child’s death. As such, employers may want to consider amending their current Family Leave policies and procedures in anticipation of these changes.
If you have any questions regards the above, or have questions about the upcoming changes and how this may affect your business, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the CG Professional Team who will be more than happy to help.