The government has announced that new legislation “The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations” will be implemented in April 2020, giving parents two weeks paid leave upon the loss of a child.
The new regulations, known as “Jack’s Law”, come after 10 years of campaigning by his mother Lucy to improve care for parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child. The regulations apply to parents who suffer the death of a child under the age of 18, or a stillbirth from 26 weeks of pregnancy. Under the regulations, biological and adoptive parents will be entitled to two weeks paid leave irrespective of how long they have been employed. Parents who have been in employment for more than 26 weeks will also be eligible for statutory pay for this period.
The leave can be taken as a single block of two weeks or split into two separate weeks taken in the first 12 months after the child’s death, meaning parents can take it when they most need it.
The UK is the first country to introduce this measure; it’s just one of a set of reforms being introduced with the aim of making the UK the best place to work in the world.
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