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