The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 achieved Royal Assent yesterday meaning it has now become an Act of Parliament. It is however only expected to come into force in 2020.

In summary, it gives employed parents the right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or if they suffer a stillbirth. The right to parental bereavement leave arises from the first day of employment. However, the right to parental bereavement pay is subject to eligibility criteria similar to the rules on maternity pay.

The Act can be found here.

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