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Parental bereavement leave changes: What employers need to know

Posted by Jarrod Mollison on 25 Feb 2020

Dealing with the loss of a child is an unthinkable tragedy, and the UK Government will lead the way in changes to paid parental bereavement leave from April 2020.

According to ACAS, 1 in 10 employees will be affected by the death of a loved one, and until now there has been no legal obligation for employers to offer paid leave for parents who have lost a child. The Employment Rights Act 1996, states that employees have the right to take ‘reasonable time’ off to deal with an emergency – but does not allow for further time off work to grieve.

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Topics: Parental bereavement leave