Extend statutory bereavement leave to pregnancy loss before 24 weeks

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The government has bought in a new law to provide 2 weeks full pay to employed parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18. This is a fantastic move in the right direction but still offers nothing to parents who lose a baby before 24 weeks gestation.

Currently if you lose a baby after 24 weeks you are as a minimum entitled to statutory maternity leave. As these same rights aren’t afforded before 24 weeks 2 weeks full pay should be provided as an absolute minimum to parents who have suffered the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy.  

We lost our daughter at 23 weeks gestation and although my employer was fantastic many aren’t. Two weeks is not enough time to recover and grieve but it is certainly a start.  


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