A bill has recently been published which will entitle employed parents who have suffered the death of a child under the age of 18 or in full time education, the right to statutory paid leave to help them to grieve.
The bill has been introduced under the ballot procedure by Kevin Hollinrake MP and has the support of the Government. He states: ‘This is such an important Bill for parents going through the most terrible of times. There is little any of us can do, but at least we can make sure that every employer will give them time to grieve.’
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will seek to ensure that grieving parents who are employed, receive leave to grieve in private and away from the workplace, regardless of their length of service.
Employees who have 26 week’s continuous service with their employer will also benefit from two week’s statutory parental bereavement pay, the cost of which employers can recover from the Government. The amount to be paid must be no less than 90% of average weekly earnings or £140.98 per week whichever is lesser.
This is also a good opportunity for employers to update their bereavement policies to take into account these new rights and to ensure that they are also aligned to UK discrimination laws where there might be longer periods of mourning for some religions.
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