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Government reforms (2): Parental bereavement leave

What do we already know?

We updated you in our September 2018 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Parental Bereavement Leave that the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 is likely to come into force in 2020.

The Act gives bereaved employees who have suffered a loss of a child under 18 years or a still birth from 24 weeks of pregnancy a day-one right to take two weeks’ paid leave. 

What’s new?

The Government has published its response to the public consultation on the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 (available here) and a press release confirming details of the Act (available here).

The response to the consultation provides further details on the new rights:

The Act will also be extended beyond parents to cover all primary carers for children including:

We are still waiting for the regulations to be published which will implement the Act and set out precisely how parental bereavement leave will work and to whom it will apply.

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