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Government guide to parental bereavement leave and pay

The government has published guidance for employers on the new right to statutory parental bereavement leave and pay which came into force on 6 April.


The guidance confirms what an employee’s entitlements are to statutory bereavement leave and pay, who is eligible, the notice that must be given by an employee to start and cancel leave and pay, how employers should deal with requests for employees who are not eligible, and the records that an employer must keep in respect of payments made.


It also confirms that assistance for bereavement pay is available for employers: payments can be reclaimed from the government, and applications may be made by employers for a government advance if they cannot afford to make the payments in the first place.


Link to the guidance: GOV.UK: Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave: employer guide (8 April 2020).