31 January
By Kath Buck
Categories: Services/HMRC/Industry News

New law for bereaved parents

The Government are set to introduce a new law from April 2020 giving bereaved parents a legal right to paid parental bereavement leave.

The new legislation known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of Jack Herd whose mother has campaigned for parents to receive paid leave after the death of a child will come into force as of 6th April 2020. It will mean that parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child will now be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave.

Under the new Government rules, the statutory amounts under the newly introduced ‘Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations’ have been confirmed as £148.68 per week. The statutory payment is only available for eligible employees.

Leave can either be taken in one block or in two separate blocks of one week. It can be taken within a 56 week window from the child’s death, to allow time for moments such as anniversaries, and notice requirements will be flexible so leave can be taken without prior notice.

You can find out more about ‘Jack’s Law’ on the Governments website here.

As an employer, if you have any queries and concerns regarding the new rules, please get in touch with Kath Buck ACIPP and our team of payroll experts for support.