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Paid leave for bereaved parents

A guaranteed right to bereavement leave and pay for parents who lose a child is expected to come into force in April 2020, according to ministers.

The legislation, which has already been through the Commons, won the support of the Lords on 24 July.

The new rights will give an entitlement to employed parents to take at least two weeks’ paid leave following the death of a child under 18, irrespective of their length of service.

Business Minister Lord Henley said: “We need to make sure that we get this right. If taking a little extra time is what is needed to achieve this, I think that is the right thing to do.”

“Once the Bill receives royal assent, the Government will bring forward the necessary regulations as early as possible next year. That would keep us on course for our ambition for the new right to come into force in April 2020.”

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