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Parental Bereavement Leave Bill, 04/09/13 [E/S/W]

Ten Minute Rule Bill sponsored by Tom Harris (Glasgow South) that seeks to amend the Employment Rights Act 1996 to give all parents who have suffered the loss of a child a statutory right to paid leave.

He said:

"At present, all employees have the right to take immediate “time off for dependants” under the Employment Rights Act 1996. That is a legal right to unpaid leave to cope with family emergencies. However, there is no set limit on how many days can be taken, only a vague definition of a “reasonable amount of time”. Each employer will have their own bereavement policy, which typically provides for just three to five days’ leave".

Second reading scheduled for 18 October 2013.

For full details see the House of Commons Hansard 4 September 2013 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 4 September 2013