In the midst of the difficult times we are all going through, employment law changes may be the last thing on your mind. But it’s worth remembering that there have been a number of recent updates.

One of the significant alterations is in the form of the Parental Bereavement and Pay Act – Jack’s Law.

This means that all employed parents, from 6th April, will have a statutory right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose:

• a child under the age of 18, or
• suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy

Parents will be able to take the leave as either a single block of two weeks, or as two separate blocks of one week each, taken at different times during 56 weeks after their child’s death.

Parents with at least 26 weeks’ continuous service and weekly average earnings over the lower earnings limit (£118 per week for 2019/20) will also be entitled to statutory parental bereavement pay, paid at the rate of £148.68 per week (for 2019/20), or 90% of average weekly earnings if lower.

 

 

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