Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Proposed new law would offer parents paid bereavement leave

Employees who have suffered the death of a child under 18 would benefit from significant new paid leave allowances under proposed new laws published today.

While the Government expects employers to be compassionate and flexible at such a difficult time, there is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents.

But under proposed new laws, for the first time employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to allow them time to grieve. This will honour the manifesto commitment to introduce a new entitlement for parental bereavement leave.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, introduced by Kevin Hollinrake MP and supported by the Government, will give a day-one right to parental bereavement leave and employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service will be eligible for statutory parental bereavement pay.

Mr Hollinrake said: “Sadly I have had constituents who have gone through this dreadful experience and while some parents prefer to carry on working, others need time off.

“This new law will give employed parents a legal right to two weeks’ paid leave, giving them that all-important time and space away from work to grieve at such a desperately sad time.”

Margot James, Business Minister, said: “We want parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child.

“That’s why Government is backing this bill which goes significantly further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace right for employees.

Francine Bates, CEO of The Lullaby Trust said: “We warmly welcome this new law giving paid leave to bereaved parents. Losing a child is one of the most devastating experiences that a parent can go through and it is vitally important that they are supported by their employer and not made to return to work before they are ready.

“We know many bereaved parents who have campaigned tirelessly for paid compassionate leave after the death of a child and are very pleased to see that the UK is now leading the way in supporting parents who need time away from work to grieve for their child.”

Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said: “Cruse Bereavement Care welcomes legislation introducing parental bereavement leave recognising that the death of a child is devastating. It is vital that at such a distressing time those who are bereaved can take time away from work.”

Small employers will be able to recover all statutory parental bereavement pay, while larger employers will be able to reclaim almost all of it.

Details of the proposed new law were published today in Parliament ahead of the bill’s second reading on Friday 20th October, with the ambition of it becoming law in 2020.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £31.50 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.




Latest news

Commercial property consultancy concludes raft of deals in West Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire commercial property consultancy has completed a raft of new deals, underlining a return of confidence in the region’s property market. Richard Heslop,...

Wakefield gifts and homewares retailer enters administration

A Wakefield-based retailer of gifts and homewares has entered administration. Howard Smith and Dave Costley-Wood, from KPMG’s Restructuring practice, were appointed Joint Administrators of Peter...

Leeds-based Widd Signs creates striking store signage for M&S

A Leeds-based digital and traditional signage specialist has completed a six-figure project for retail giant Marks & Spencer. Geldard Road-headquartered Widd Signs designed and installed...

£2m for York data company, Hublsoft

Hublsoft, a York-based data company, has secured a £2 million investment from private equity manager Maven Capital Partners UK. The company said it will use...

Avacta to detect COVID-19 in wastewater via new collaboration

Listed life science business, Avacta Group, has entered into a collaboration with Integumen to evaluate recently generated Affimer reagents to detect COVID-19 in wastewater. The...

Reward Finance Group joins national broker network

Reward Finance Group has joined national broker network The National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB). The move follows the ninth successive year of growth...

Related news

Commercial property consultancy concludes raft of deals in West Yorkshire

A West Yorkshire commercial property consultancy has completed a raft of new deals, underlining a return of confidence in the region’s property market. Richard Heslop,...

Wakefield gifts and homewares retailer enters administration

A Wakefield-based retailer of gifts and homewares has entered administration. Howard Smith and Dave Costley-Wood, from KPMG’s Restructuring practice, were appointed Joint Administrators of Peter...

Leeds-based Widd Signs creates striking store signage for M&S

A Leeds-based digital and traditional signage specialist has completed a six-figure project for retail giant Marks & Spencer. Geldard Road-headquartered Widd Signs designed and installed...

£2m for York data company, Hublsoft

Hublsoft, a York-based data company, has secured a £2 million investment from private equity manager Maven Capital Partners UK. The company said it will use...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close