November 15 2017
The purpose of the proposed Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill is to provide a statutory right to paid leave for employed parents who suffer the loss of a child. Previous attempts to introduce paid leave in these circumstances have been unsuccessful. However, the new bill – introduced into Parliament in July – has the government's support and is likely to become law.
The bill reflects the government's 2017 manifesto commitment to ensure that bereavement support is given to families who lose a baby, "including a new entitlement to child bereavement leave". The Labour Party also committed to consulting on legislation for bereavement leave "after the death of close family members" in its manifesto.
Published on October 13 2017, the bill will amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide for:
Amendments will also be made to the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992 to provide for statutory parental bereavement pay.
The proposals contained in the bill can be summarised as follows:
The bill's second reading took place in the House of Commons on October 20 2017 and, subject to completing all legislative stages, it is expected to become law in 2020. In the meantime, employers should consider taking various measures in these circumstances (for further details please see "Right to paid parental bereavement leave is coming").
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