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Bereavement leave and pay for bereaved parents

The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has recently received Royal Assent and is due to come into force in 2020.

Monday 8th of October 2018 09:22

The legislation will give parents a statutory right to two weeks’ of leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Bereaved parents will also be able to claim statutory bereavement pay for this two-week period if they meet the relevant eligibility criteria.


Until this comes into force in 2020, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide bereavement leave in the UK, but workers do have the right to take what is often referred to as “dependent leave” to deal with an emergency, which could include taking unpaid "reasonable" time off in such circumstances. There is no strict definition in relation to the existing "dependent leave" and so the introduction of specific bereavement leave provisions for bereaved parents will provide some welcome clarity.


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