Employment Law

Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay

The Government has published its response to the parental bereavement leave and pay consultation which confirms key aspects of the policy to be set in regulations.

As a result of the responses received, the government has made the following decisions:

  • The policy will use a broad definition of a ‘bereaved parent’ centred on the notion of ‘primary carer’, with the guiding principle being that the relationship should be parental in nature
  • Parental bereavement leave and pay can be taken as a single block, or as 2 separate weeks
  • Employed parents will have a window of 56 weeks to use the entitlement
  • Notice requirements will be flexible and will distinguish between leave taken very soon and leave taken at a later period
  • Evidence requirements will mirror existing requirements used for other family leave and pay rights, where it is practicable to do so.

Source CIPP 05-11-2018