Currently, there is no statutory requirement for employers to provide paid leave for grieving parents. Under a proposed new law, parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child would receive statutory paid leave to grieve.
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was introduced into Parliament yesterday (19 July 2017), delivering on the government’s pledge to “enhance rights and protections in the workplace”.
Kevin Hollinrake MP sponsor 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 employer will give them time to grieve.”
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.”
Over the summer, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be working with employers, employee representatives and campaigners on behalf of working families to understand better the needs of bereaved parents and employers.
The Bill is expected to have its second reading in the autumn.
For more information on this and ACAS’ pointers for dealing with bereavement in the workplace, read my blog Good For Grief: Paid Statutory Leave for Bereaved Parents, Sept 2016.
Source : www.gov.uk/government/news
Written by Pritti Bajaria