Government publish response to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay consultation

05 November 2018

The Government has published its response to the parental bereavement leave and pay consultation which confirms key aspects of the policy to be set in regulations.

As a result of the responses received, the government has made the following decisions:

  • The policy will use a broad definition of a ‘bereaved parent’ centred on the notion of ‘primary carer’, with the guiding principle being that the relationship should be parental in nature

  • Parental bereavement leave and pay can be taken as a single block, or as 2 separate weeks

  • Employed parents will have a window of 56 weeks to use the entitlement

  • Notice requirements will be flexible and will distinguish between leave taken very soon and leave taken at a later period

  • Evidence requirements will mirror existing requirements used for other family leave and pay rights, where it is practicable to do so

The full response is available on GOV.UK: Parental bereavement leave and pay: government response

CIPP comment

As we stressed in our response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and at every opportunity thereafter, it is vital that this statutory right is supported by clear, comprehensive and timely guidance. The Policy team will continue to work with BEIS and will look forward to reviewing draft guidance when it becomes available.

Geographical extent: The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay measures apply to Great Britain only.