On 13 September 2018 The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill received Royal Assent. The Act will give all employed parents the right to two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria, employed parents can claim statutory parental bereavement pay for this period of leave. This will be a right from day one of employment and will require no qualifying service.
The final text of the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018, as it will be known, has not yet been published but it is expected these new rights will come into force in 2020.
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