Grieving parents who currently have no legal entitlement to paid time off from work have welcomed the new Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill.

Under the bill, employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service who lose a child under the age of 18 will be eligible for two weeks’ statutory parental bereavement pay to allow them some time to grieve.

Announcing the bill, Business Minister, Margot James, 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’.

Employers with concerns about the additional cost should note that the bill proposes that businesses will be able to claim back some, if not all, of the bereavement pay from the Government.

With the bill currently at the second reading stage in the House of Commons, we can expect it to become law by 2020.

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