New legislation was passed in 2018 providing for a period of parental bereavement leave and pay for parents of children under 18 years old who die on or after 6 April 2020.
The headlines are that:
- A child is defined as a person under 18 years old and applies to children stillborn after the 24th week of pregnancy
- A parent is a person who has parental responsibility for the child and is either their natural parent, their legal parent, or the partner of the natural or legal parent who lives with the child in an enduring family relationship but is not a blood relative
- The entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave (PBL) is to one or two weeks to be taken in one or two week blocks within a period of 56 weeks following the death of any individual child
- Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP) is £ 151.20 a week, with effect from 6 April 2020, or 90% of the average earnings whichever is lower. In line with other statutory family leave pay entitlements
- To qualify for SPBP, the parent must have 26 weeks continuous service by the week before the child dies. A week being a period of seven days beginning on a Sunday
The regulations governing this new entitlement are still in draft form. We will update our advice and guidance, including providing our clients with a policy once the final regulations are published.