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New Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

Bereaved parents of a child who dies on or after the 6 April 2020 have a new right to take Parental Bereavement Leave. In summary:

  • Available only to employees.

  • No minimum length of service requirement.

  • Applies on the death of a child under 18, including a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Leave can be one week, two continuous weeks, or two separate weeks, starting on any day of the week.

  • Leave may be used anytime in first 56 weeks after death or stillbirth of child.

  • Employees are protected from dismissal or detriment for exercising their right to leave.

  • Statutory parental bereavement pay is available to those with at least six months continuous service and meet the criteria.

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