What is the ‘Parental Bereavement Act 2018’? | Hudson McKenzie

What is the ‘Parental Bereavement Act 2018’?

October 4, 2018 | Employment, Latest Thinking, News

Employees in the UK are now granted the right to have two weeks absence from work, due to the recent Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018.

The act which recently received royal assent, now means that all UK based employees shall face further regulations regarding the right to absence from work, under these circumstances.

For instance, some of the regulations in relation to this act are as follows:

  • All employees are entitled to two weeks paid leave if they have lost a child under 18years old.
  • This entitlement and right shall be subjected to every employee from the first day of their employment within the UK.
  • Under the title ‘parent’, this may also be referenced to the extent that a specific employee which in charge of caring for the child before their death – in which will be outlined in further detail within the act’s regulations.
  • To receive statutory parental bereavement pay, employees must have a minimum of 26 weeks continuous service, so to be eligible.
  • The right enacted under the act cannot be contracted out of, in which any agreements doing shall so be automatically void.

The introduction of regulations in relation to the Parental Bereavement Act are set to be released and enforced by April 2020.

You may read more about the Parental Bereavement Act, here.

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