Essential Guide to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act 2018
The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act 2018 received Royal Assent on September 13th having passed through the Commons and the Lords unopposed and is now law.
The bereavement Act provides a right to two weeks of time away from work for those employees who have lost a child under 18. The Act is the outcome of a private member’s bill brought forward by MP Kevin Hollinrake in consultation with his colleague Will Quince, whose son was stillborn at full term in October 2014.
All the detail will appear in supporting Regulations (not yet published) which will contain, amongst other things, details of how much remuneration will be payable during the bereavement leave. The Government has said it anticipates introducing Regulations and bringing the Act fully into force by April 2020.
Bereavement Leave – What Employers Need to Know
- Whilst in practice most employers are compassionate and flexible at such a difficult time and the majority would already not expect to see an employee at work when a child of theirs had just died, there had been no legal requirement for employers to provide paid time off for grieving parents.
- The Regulations are expected to give a day one right to parental bereavement leave to all employees and the right to statutory parental bereavement pay to those with at least 26 weeks continuous service.
- The actual amount to be paid remains to be seen, but if it follows the pattern of Statutory Maternity Pay, Adoption Pay and Paternity Pay, at current rates it would be £145.18 per week, or 90% of gross earnings, whichever is less.
- According to government ministers, small employers will be able to recover all statutory parental bereavement pay while larger employers will be able to reclaim almost all of it.
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