UK Government announced on 13 September 2018 that a new workplace right to leave for bereaved parents has been approved under the Parental Leave and Pay Bill.
Employed parents who lose a child under 18 will receive 2 weeks’ leave under the Act. This is expected to come into force in 2020.
The new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act will give all employed parents a day-one right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.