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Government reforms (2): Parental bereavement leave

What do we already know?

We updated you in our October 2017 Newsletter Government reforms (2): Family friendly – Parental bereavement leave that the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill had been published.  We let you know that when this became law, it would give bereaved parents the right to time off work following the death of a child and introduce statutory parental bereavement pay for the first time.

What’s new?

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill received royal assent on 13 September 2018 to become the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018. It is expected that the new rights will come into force in 2020.

Although the Act has been passed, it will need to be implemented by separate regulations. These regulations will set out precisely how parental bereavement leave will work and to whom it will apply.

The Act provides that:

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