Government confirms statutory bereavement leave for parents from April 2020

From 6 April 2020, any parent who suffers a stillbirth or loses a child under the age of 18 will be entitled to two weeks’ statutory bereavement leave. Inspired by the heartbreaking stories of parents who were forced to worked through the grief of losing a child, the new laws are described by ministers as […]

HR NEWS | Right to paid leave for bereaved parents

A new right to paid leave for bereaved parents has received Royal Assent and is expected to enter into force in 2020. The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Act) 2018 provides employed parents with the right to at least two weeks of leave following the death of a child under the age of 18. This right […]

FUNERALS | Are employees entitled to time off?

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In the event an employee suffers bereavement, employers need to handle the situation with care and sensitivity. At times like this, the employee may ask for some time off. Although employees do not have a statutory right to take paid time off work to arrange and attend a funeral, they may be entitled to unpaid […]

Dealing with the loss of an employee

Dealing with bereavement is something that we never want to face, but unfortunately it can and does occur. The passing of an employee can hit everyone hard, but especially in workplaces where you are all working in a close knit-environment and socialise outside of work. Here are some key things to think about: Consider the […]

Paid bereavement leave for parents

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Under a proposed new law, parents who have lost a child under the age of 18 are to have a statutory right to parental bereavement leave and pay. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill has now been published and could come into effect in 2020. What rights does the law provide at present? As the […]

Bereaved employed parents could get paid time off

Under a proposed new law, employed parents will get statutory paid time off work to mourn the death of their child. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill was introduced by Kevin Hollinrake MP and aims to deliver on the government’s pledge to enhance rights in the workplace. Current law There is an expectation that […]

How to handle bereavement leave requests

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It is often difficult for employers to speak to an employee about loss or bereavement. Work is usually the last thing on the employee’s mind at such a time. So it’s essential to handle conversations about time off with sensitivity.  Here are some things you need to consider when dealing with leave requests for bereavement […]

Bereavement leave – what does the law say?

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Unlike many other countries around the world, there are no specific statutory rights for workers to take leave for compassionate or bereavement reasons in the UK. Research by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) revealed 56% of workers would consider leaving an employer that had not supported them after the death of a loved […]

Calls for Paid Bereavement Leave

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MP Will Quince has submitted a Bill to Parliament to provide employees with a statutory right to bereavement leave. The Bill is proposing to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide parents with a statutory right to two weeks of paid leave following the death of their child. What does the existing law say? […]