The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill has now had its second reading as part of the process to enact it in to law.
The bill proposes to introduce two weeks statutory paid leave for parents who lose a child under the age of 18. Currently, there is no legal obligation to allow parents paid time off to grieve and it is a matter of discretion for the employer what time will be taken off, and whether that will be remunerated.
The statutory entitlement to leave will not be conditional upon length of service. However, those with 26 weeks of continuous service will have a right to pay for the period of leave. Employers will be able to recover this pay from the Government.
Watch this space for more updates from the Spearing Waite Employment Team.