Parental bereavement leave and pay get green light

From 6 April, working parents who suffer the loss of a child aged under 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave

The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, known as ‘Jacks Law’ in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother campaigned on the issue, will implement a right to at least two weeks’ leave if a working parent loses a child under the age of 18, or suffers a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

This will apply irrespective of how long an individual has been employed; those employed in a job for six months or more will also be able to claim statutory pay for this period of leave.

The government has estimated that this new legislation will support 10,000 parents each year.

Steven Wibberley, chief executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, added: “We are delighted that the new paid bereavement leave entitlement is one step closer to coming into force. It will make a huge difference to bereaved parents across the country, whose lives have been shattered by the death of a child.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is that parents are given time and space to grieve in the aftermath of a child’s death. Support from employers can play a huge part in this. We are pleased the government has laid out the minimum provision for bereaved parents, and we know many employers will go much further than this.”

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