From 6 April 2020, an employee who suffers the death of a child under the age of 18 or a stillbirth (after 24 weeks pregnancy) will be entitled to 2 weeks statutory leave from work.
This right will only be available to employees and there will be no minimum length of service requirement.
The leave can be taken as one week, two continuous weeks or as two separate weeks. Furthermore, the leave can be used at anytime in the first 56 weeks after the death. This will allow the employee to use the leave for a specific event such as the child’s birthday or on the anniversary that they were lost.
In addition to the statutory leave, employee’s with at least 6 months of continuous service will be entitled to claim up to 2 week’s statutory pay. This will be paid at the same rate as shared parental pay (£151.20).
The legislation is being introduced following a campaign called “Jack’s Law” which is in memory of Jack Herd whose mother Lucy campaigned tirelessly for mandatory leave for grieving parents. The concept will be the first of its kind in any country in the world.