Bereavement Leave: Parents

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to introduce a statutory right to paid leave for bereaved parents who experience ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The loss of a child, including the loss of a pregnancy, is devastating for parents.

The Department is currently working to implement a new statutory right to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay for eligible parents who lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a still-birth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. We expect the new right will apply from April 2020.

The policy provides a statutory minimum and we encourage employers to go beyond this where possible. Many employers will have an existing compassionate leave policy or will operate one on a discretionary basis following such losses during pregnancy. We strongly encourage employers to be sensitive and considerate at such a time.

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