Leave Allowance For Grieving Parents
The Government has today published a bill, called the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill. The Bill will allow parents, who lose a child, to two week’s leave.
The legal position at the moment is that employers can exercise a discretion for compassionate leave. They are expected to be understanding and adaptable, but they don’t have to legally offer paid time off or leave for parents to grieve. Most employers will have bereavement policies allowing for a certain amount of paid or unpaid compassionate leave, but this will now need to be updated and changed.
What Does This Mean to You?
If you do not offer two week’s leave already for parents who lose a child, you will need to update your policies. This Bill will mean that all employers will have to offer two weeks statutory bereavement leave, irrespective of the employee’s length of service. For employees who have 26 weeks’ continuous service or more, they can also claim statutory bereavement pay. Employers will be able to claim this back from the Government.
What can you do?
You should make sure that your handbooks are up to date and are ready for when the new statutory bereavement leave and pay rights come into effect.
We’ll let you know when the Bill becomes law, so watch this space.
How can Tollers help?
We can review your policies and procedures. At Tollers we offer a Tollers HR package, which provides employers with peace of mind HR advice for a fixed 12-month period. It also provides companies with direct access to employment solicitor for advice. Furthermore, we take out insurance through an independent insurer, so you can be assured that should you have a tribunal claim, having followed our advice, the insurance is there to cover you. As part of the package we become custodians of your handbook and contracts and can review them to make sure that they are up to date.
Talk to Tollers. We’re here for you.