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Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Alicia Kearns Alicia Kearns Conservative, Rutland and Melton

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that parents are aware of the provision in the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations laid on 23 January 2020.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

When we laid the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations in January, the policy received extensive coverage across broadcast, print and digital media. This announcement will have reached thousands of parents.

Ahead of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay coming into force, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will publish guidance on GOV.UK to help parents and their employers to understand the new entitlement. We have ensured that employers are aware of Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay by including regular articles in the HM Revenue and Customs Employer Bulletin and Agent Update publications about this. We are also working closely with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to reflect the introduction of the new entitlement in their employer support guidance. We will also continue to work closely with bereavement support organisations such as Cruse Bereavement Care, Child Bereavement UK and SANDS to ensure that they are able to support bereaved parents to use the new entitlement.

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