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Parents who lose a child to get paid leave

The new law will support workers whose child dies while under the age of 18

Employed parents who lose a child will have the right to two weeks’ paid leave to allow them time to grieve, the government has announced.

The proposed new law will support those whose child dies when under the age of 18. Under the Employment Rights Act employees only have a day-one right to take a 'reasonable' amount of unpaid time off to deal with an emergency involving a dependant, including making arrangements following a death. As a result what constitutes a 'reasonable' period varies between workplaces.

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December 19, 2017

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