Parental Bereavement Leave

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A new entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave and pay is set to be introduced in April 2020.

Parents who lose a child or suffer a stillbirth will be entitled to take two weeks off work, with statutory pay.

Subject to Parliamentary agreement, the leave will apply to deaths or stillbirths on or after April 6, 2020.

The bereavement leave was first implemented by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in January 2020.

The legislation will capture a broad range of parents including ‘adoptive parents, parents of a child born to a surrogate, parents who are fostering to adopt, as well as individuals who have been caring for the child in their own home, continuously for a period of four weeks ending with the date of death, with responsibility for the child’s care during that time.’

“All parents are eligible to receive Parental Bereavement Leave as long as they have worked one full day for their employer,” said Lisa McLeod, payroll manager at Ellis & Co.

“The leave can be taken within the first eight weeks following the death, or at a later date.

“Pay will be subject to assessment.”

HM Revenue and Customs state that the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 applies only to Great Britain, and at the current time the measure does not apply in Northern Ireland.

For further infraomtion on this or any other payroll matter, contact Lisa on 01244 343504.