Decision Maker Response

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s response

Sep 13, 2018 — Dear supporter,

We are delighted to share that today a new law has been created which makes Parental Bereavement Leave a legal right - the first time in the UK’s history.

Thanks to your support, employed parents who lose a child under 18 will now be able to receive two weeks’ paid leave.

Her Majesty the Queen has given the law the Royal stamp of approval and it is expected to come into force in 2020.

The new law is called the Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act and will give all employed parents a day-one right to two weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Employed parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.

This new law honours the manifesto commitment to introduce a new entitlement to parental bereavement leave.

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