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Bereaved parents to be entitled to paid leave from work

working parents entitled to bereavement pay

Working parents who lose a child will each be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave, under new government rules.

It is expected to come into force in April 2020 and will apply to all working parents who lose a child under 18-years-old or suffer a stillbirth and will apply irrespective of how long an individual has been employed.

It will be known as “Jack’s Law” after grieving mother, Lucy Herd, launched a campaign on the issue after the sudden death of her 23-month-old son Jack in 2010.

Understanding how to support an employee going through grief is important. We can assist you in ensuring your workplace policies and bereavement procedures are accommodating. If you need advice, guidance or support from our team of legal experts, please contact Karl Thomas, Partner and Head of Employment and Dispute Resolution at Loosemores Solicitors via ThomasK@loosemores.co.uk or call 02920 224433

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