For the first time parents who have lost a child will now be offered statutory paid leave to grieve under new proposed law (GOV). The new bill which was announced on the 19th July has been supported by the government which will seek to ensure grieving parents in employment receive paid leave to grieve away from the workplace.

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will deliver on the government’s plans to “enhance rights and protections in the workplace.” At present, respect given by employers to employees at such a difficult time is expected however there were no previous legal requirements to provide paid leave for grieving parents. This new bill will allow parents to take time to grieve away from the workplace if this is what they decide.

Kevin Hollinrake MP introduced the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill in to Parliament said:

“This is such an important Bill for parents going through the most terrible of times. There is little any of us can do to help, but at least we can make sure that every employee will give them time to grieve.”

“I have represented a number of constituents who have had to deal with the tragedy of losing a child and I am honoured to be able to do something to help parents in these desperate circumstances.”

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will take action with employers, employee representatives and campaigners on behalf of working families to understand the needs of bereaved parents and employers.

Business Minister Margot James said:

“The loss of a child is a traumatic experience for any parent. For parents holding down a job at the same time as dealing with their grief it can be doubly stressful.”

“We want parents to get the support they need at this deeply upsetting time that is why government is supporting this Private Members Bill which will be introduced for employed parents.”

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