The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill - Expected to be Enacted by 2020
- Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018
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The House of Commons has introduced a Parental Bereavement Bill to provide employees with paid leave if they have a child under the age of 18 who has passed away. It is currently under consideration by the Public Bill Committee. The aim is for the Bill to be passed into law as an Act of Parliament and for the rights to apply from 2020 onwards.
The Bill would place a legal requirement on employers to provide two weeks of protected paid time off for bereaved parents. Some, or all, of the associated cost will be reclaimable. The proposed criteria for such entitlement will be the same as for statutory rates for existing family leave (such as paternity and maternity leave).
Under the proposal:
- Parental Bereavement Leave must be taken in the eight weeks following the child’s death
- Leave will be paid at the same rate as maternity/paternity leave – which currently means either £140.98 per week or 90% of the employee’s average earnings (whichever is the lower).
- The right to take the leave will be available from day one of employment
- The right to be paid will be subject to the employee having 26 weeks’ qualifying service.
We will continue to update you on the progress of the Bill and inform you of the date from which the new rights will apply.
Source: Gavin Parrott, SSG