A new Bill has been placed before parliament, that will mean employers must pay for two weeks of bereavement leave if a child of the family dies.
The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2017 will provide that employees who have a child (under 18) that passes away will be entitled to two weeks of paid leave, which can be claimed back from the government in a manner similar to statutory maternity pay.
Statutory Bereavement Pay will be available to employees with 26 weeks of service and who have parental responsibility for the child. The leave must be taken by 56 days after the date of death.
This is a horrible subject to write about, and I’m fairly sure that most employers would take a sympathetic view in such circumstances, but this is the first time that the government has sought to codify bereavement leave and pay.
I will provide further information when the Bill has been through its parliamentary meanderings and comes out as an ACT and I will et you know when it becomes legislation. If you would like to see the Bill in its current form, please click below.
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