On the 13th September 2018 the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 received Royal Assent.

It is expected to come into force by April 2020

The Act creates an entitlement to statutory parental bereavement leave, providing two weeks off work for those employees who have lost a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Leave must be taken within 56 days of the child’s death.

Eligible employees will also be able to claim statutory parental bereavement pay for this period although we don’t currently know what the rate of pay will be.

We’ll update you when further information is available.