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New leave allowance for grieving parents

A new Bill has been published which will entitle parents who lose a child under the age of 18 to two weeks' paid leave. Currently, whilst employers are expected to be understanding and flexible, there is no legal obligation to allow parents paid time off to grieve. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will entitle all employees to parental bereavement leave, regardless of their service length. Those who have 26 weeks' continuous service will also benefit from statutory parental bereavement pay, the cost of which employers will be able to recover from the Government.

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