Further to our article from back in April 2018, the The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act 2018 received its Royal Assent on the 13th September 2018, and it is anticipated that it will come into force by April 2020.
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act 2018: Key Provisions
The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act 2018 will provide parents with 2 weeks paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 (to be taken within 8 weeks of the date of death of the child). The parents will receive statutory parental bereavement pay during that period (the statutory rate currently being £145.18 per week), and to be eligible, the employee must have a minimum of 26 weeks service with the employer with average earnings that meet the lower earnings limit (currently, £116.00 per week).
The legislation was introduced as a private members bill by MP, Kevin Hollinrake, who was successful in ensuring that it obtained Government backing and cross party parliamentary support.
Upon the receipt of Royal Assent, Kevin Hollinrake stated: “I am proud and deeply honoured that my Parental Leave and Pay Bill, which will give grieving parents the right to paid bereavement leave has received Royal Assent. It means that, for the first time, employed parents who lose a child under 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, will receive two weeks’ leave when it comes into force in 2020. I am grateful to Lord Knight and fellow MPs, of all political persuasions, some of whom have shared their own personal stories of losing a beloved child, who have assisted in bringing forward this legislation so quickly.” At the time he first introduced his private members bill, Mr Hollinrake stated: “Sadly I have had constituents who have gone through this dreadful experience and while some parents prefer to carry on working, others need time off. This new law will give employed parents a legal right to two weeks’ paid leave, giving them that all-important time and space away from work to grieve at such a desperately sad time.“
The Prime Minister, Theresa May added that bereaved parents would now have “the time they need[ed to grieve]. My thanks to Kevin Hollinrake and MPs from across the House who helped make this happened.“