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Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: The cost of £1·5 million for setting up the system for the day-1 right is the same as the £1·5 million cost for setting it up for miscarriage. It is either/or or both. It is the same cost. In relation to the discretionary support, obviously, other eligibility criteria apply to discretionary support, so it would be available only, for example, to people on lower incomes, and they would...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: Once again, I welcome Members' contributions to this group of amendments, and I thank them for those contributions. The contributions reflect the previous debate. I appreciate the Minister's remarks. I will pick up on, in particular, the last point about the consultation responses and the call for the 26-week qualification period to be removed, which was contained in our more detailed written...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I beg to move amendment No 2: In page 4, line 12, leave out paragraph (b). Amendment No 2 is the single Committee amendment in group 2. This was the only amendment on which the Committee divided, with a majority supporting the amendment. Again, I put on record my thanks to the Bill Clerks and Committee team for their help and support. Amendment No 2 seeks to remove the 26-week qualifying...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: The Minister has had significant time to give his views. I would like to respond. The work can now be done on miscarriage leave and pay and to allow time to ensure that the consultation to which he referred can be done. I take on board what the Minister says about the time frame for that. I also listened to Ms Armstrong about being able to do things a bit more quickly. Perhaps that can be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: What was considered by the Committee was the fact that we are considering people's lives. Obviously, we have to live within budgets, but we want to provide compassionate support to workers at really difficult times. Regarding Mr Allister's comments, we asked for examples and precedents, but we were not given any. We were not offered any legal advice on what was being suggested either. I can...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I thank all Members for their contributions to this afternoon's debate on what is a really important issue. A number of Members have rightly pointed out the horrendous nature of the grief that parents suffer on the death of a child. At Second Stage, Members spoke of their experiences, including me when I spoke of my family's experience of losing a child. As Mr Dickson said, those experiences...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: In actual fact, we sought it prior to our clause-by-clause consideration. We then sought some further clarity because we had not got the exact detail that we were looking for. I put that on the record.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: The Department has clarified that it will be 56 weeks in the legislation.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I thank the Minister for his intervention. Obviously, he can lay out his arguments shortly. I do not believe that it is impossible. I take on board the views of the Department, and, obviously, there is the Bill's Further Consideration Stage. If our amendments pass today, and the Minister can convince the Committee that further time is required, I am sure that Members will be open to looking...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I will continue with my comments, and the Minister can make his contribution in the time ahead. We have been careful to allow for that 12-month period, which will allow for consultation whilst avoiding the delay in enacting the main provisions of the Bill. The Department suggested that, if the British Government are required to restore parity as a result of the amendments to the Bill, the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I do not accept that. I do not accept the Minister's assertions. I believe that the work has been done on the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill. You can bring that forward and, at the same time, have further work conducted on the inclusion of miscarriage and the removal of the 26-week —

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: No. I will not give way again. I will let you make your comments, and, when you do so, perhaps you will give way to me.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: It is worth noting that Lidl Ireland has recently announced its bespoke policy on bereavement for employees North and South. It is reported to have introduced compassionate leave with pay for employees who have experienced or been directly impacted by early pregnancy loss or miscarriage. Additionally, the Government of New Zealand have legislated to support those who have suffered a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: I beg to move amendment No 1: In page 3, line 42, at end insert - "Application in relation to miscarriage 112EF. The Department must by regulations provide that regulations under this Chapter apply in relation to a person who has experienced a miscarriage as they apply in relation to a bereaved parent, with such modifications, if any, as specified in regulations." The following...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill: Consideration Stage (30 Nov 2021)

Caoimhe Archibald: Today's Consideration Stage follows engaged and in-depth scrutiny of the Bill by the Committee, and I will touch briefly on the Committee's analysis of the Bill in providing background to the Committee's amendments in this group. I thank the Bill Clerks for their help and support to the Committee. Their assistance, and that of our Committee team, was invaluable to members. The Committee heard...


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