A new bill regarding bereavement leave for parents has recently been introduced into parliament with the intention of it becoming law by 2020.
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill aims to give parents who lose children under the age of 18 a day-1 right to have 2 weeks leave.
Further to that, bereaved parents would also be entitled to a statutory flat rate of pay (currently £140.98 a week) or 90% of their average weekly earnings per week (whichever is lower), in respect of the two weeks’ leave, subject to a 26 weeks’ continuous service requirement by the end of the week before the week of the child’s death and that in the 8 weeks before this week the average weekly earnings are not less than the Lower Earnings Limit.
Under the new law parents would also be protected from dismissal or detriment due to them choosing to take bereavement leave.
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