Government publishes guide to parental bereavement leave and pay


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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 employees' entitlements are to statutory bereavement leave and pay, eligibility requirements and the notice that must be given by an employee to start and cancel leave and pay. It also covers 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.

The guidance states that bereavement leave payments can be reclaimed from the government, and applications can be made by employers for a government advance if they cannot afford to make the payments in the first place.

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