Currently, workers do not have a legal right to any time off if they suffer the loss of a child. Therefore, campaigns were started approximately eight years ago to change the legislation and provide the parents with an opportunity to take time off should such a devastating event occur. The campaigning has finally been successful and on 13th September 2018 the new Parental Leave and Pay Bill received royal assent, with the expectation that it will come into force in 2020.

The Bill provides that all parents, no matter how long they have worked at an organisation, will have the right to take two weeks leave if they lose a child under the age of 18 or suffer a stillbirth after the 24th week of pregnancy. Employed parents will also be entitled to pay subject to meeting the criteria that will be set.

If you have any questions regarding employees / workers rights under the current legislation please contact your dedicated solicitor.