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The Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 has received Royal Assent.

All the details will appear in supporting Regulations (these have yet to be published) which will contain, amongst other things, details of how much remuneration will be payable during the leave. The Government anticipates introducing the Regulations and bringing the Act fully into force by April 2020.

The Act provides for a period of parental bereavement leave, which is a right for employed parents to be absent from work for a minimum period of two weeks, following the death of a child. Parental bereavement pay will be provided to those eligible parents who have at least 26 weeks' service with their current employer. Parents taking bereavement leave will have the same employment protections as those associated with other forms of family related leave, including protection from dismissal or detriment as a result of having taken leave.

This article is taken from HR Law - October 2018