Every month we feature a blog post from one of the BEC members. This month we are delighted to feature a guest blog from Amanda Longden, MD of the-hr-company.co.uk

The Parental Bereavement (leave and pay) Act 2018 introduced by Kevin Hollinrake MP and supported by the Government, will be implemented and take effect in April 2020. https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/parentalbereavementleaveandpay.html

The Act provides for a minimum of  2 weeks’ leave for employees following the loss of a child under the age of 18 or a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy. This means that any employees with 26 weeks’ continuous service will be entitled to paid leave at the statutory rate and other employees will be entitled to unpaid leave. The Bill goes substantially further than most other countries in providing this kind of workplace environment right for workers.

In alignment with the implementation of the Act, the government is also going to consult on the mandatory publishing of parental leave opportunities and suggestions that organisations with 250 employees or more should be required to publish their parental leave and pay policies online.

Employees who have suffered the death of a child will benefit from significant new paid leave allowances:

  • New laws will give employed parents two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under 18
  • Businesses will be able to claim back parental bereavement pay from the Government

While the Government expects employers to be sympathetic and flexible at such a testing time, there is currently no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents. Under the proposed new laws, for the first time employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will have the right to 2 weeks’ paid leave to allow them personal time to grieve.

The Bill will also allow parents to feel properly supported by their employer when they go through the deeply distressing ordeal of losing a child. Losing a child is one of the most devastating experiences that a parent can go through and it is vitally important that they are supported by their employer and not made to return to work before they are ready.

The-HR-Company.co.uk can support businesses with the operational and administrative HR support they need, whilst ensuring they remain compliant with employment legislation. We will make sure that your business has compliant policies and procedures, and we will ensure to keep your business up-to-date with current legislation and to provide the employer with appropriate advice and support when it is needed.

If you wish to find out more about the services the-hr-company.co.uk can offer – please visit our website or contact Amanda@the-hr-company.co.uk for further information.



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