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Parental bereavement leave and pay: regulations made

The Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations 2020 have been made. These regulations implement new pay and leave entitlements to bereaved parents in respect of children whose date of death is on or after 6 April 2020.

The regulations will give all employees who lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy, an entitlement to two weeks’ statutory leave to be taken in one block or as two separate blocks of a week. Employees with at least 26 weeks’ service, who meet minimum earnings criteria, will also qualify for statutory parental bereavement pay (at the same rate as statutory paternity pay).